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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
Chapter 510. Pertaining to Amberjack and Cobia
8/4/2020

4VAC20-510-15. Recreational Cobia Permit and Mandatory Reporting.

A. It shall be unlawful for any person to possess or land any cobia harvested from a recreational vessel unless the captain or operator of that recreational vessel has obtained a Recreational Cobia Permit from the Marine Resources Commission (commission). The captain or operator shall be responsible for reporting for all anglers on the recreational vessel. Any captain or operator who did not participate in any recreational cobia season shall be responsible for reporting that captain's or that operator's lack of participation.

B. It shall be unlawful for any person to possess or land any cobia harvested recreationally from shore, a pier, or any other man-made structure without first having obtained a Recreational Cobia Permit from the Marine Resources Commission. Permittees shall be responsible for reporting all trips. Any permittee who did not participate in any recreational cobia season shall be responsible for reporting that permittee's lack of participation.

C. It shall be unlawful for any recreational cobia permittee to fail to report on forms provided by the commission or through the Virginia Saltwater Fisherman's Journal. Reports shall include MRC ID number, the date of harvest, the mode of fishing, the number of cobia kept or released, and, if fishing from a vessel, the number of persons on board.

1. Any permittee who did not participate in any recreational cobia season shall report the permittee's lack of participation by the 21st day after the close of the recreational cobia season.

2. Any permittee shall report trips where cobia were targeted but not successfully caught by the 21st day after the close of any recreational cobia fishery season.

3. Any permittee shall report trips where cobia were caught, whether harvested, released, or possessed, within seven days after the trip occurred.

D. Following the 21st day after the close of any recreational cobia season, any permittee who failed to report for any season shall be ineligible to receive a recreational cobia permit for the following calendar year but shall be eligible to reapply for that permit in subsequent years.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 33, Issue 10, eff. January 1, 2017; amended, Virginia Register Volume 33, Issue 17, eff. April 1, 2017; Volume 35, Issue 17, eff. April 1, 2019; Volume 36, Issue 21, eff. June 1, 2020.

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