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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
Chapter 610. Pertaining to Commercial Fishing and Mandatory Harvest Reporting
7/15/2020

4VAC20-610-60. Mandatory Harvest Reporting.

A. It shall be unlawful for any valid commercial fisherman registration licensee, seafood landing licensee, oyster aquaculture product owner permittee, or clam aquaculture product owner permittee to fail to fully report harvests and related information as set forth in this chapter.

B. It shall be unlawful for any recreational fisherman, charter boat captain, head boat captain, commercial fishing pier operator, or owner of a private boat licensed pursuant to §§ 28.2-302.7 through 28.2-302.9 of the Code of Virginia, to fail to report recreational harvests, upon request, to those authorized by the commission.

C. All registered commercial fishermen and any valid seafood landing licensee shall complete a daily form accurately quantifying and legibly describing that day's harvest from Virginia tidal waters and federal waters. The forms used to record daily harvest shall be those provided by the commission or another form approved by the commission. Registered commercial fishermen and seafood landing licensees may use more than one form when selling to more than one buyer.

D. Any oyster aquaculture product owner permittee or clam aquaculture product owner permittee shall complete a monthly form accurately quantifying and legibly describing that month's harvest from Virginia tidal waters. The forms used to record monthly harvest shall be those provided by the commission or another form approved by the commission.

E. Registered commercial fishermen, seafood landing licensees, valid oyster aquaculture product owner permittees, and valid clam aquaculture product owner permittees shall submit a monthly harvest report to the commission no later than the fifth day of the following month, except as described in subsection F of this section. This report shall be accompanied by the daily harvest records described in subsection G of this section. Completed forms shall be mailed or delivered to the commission or other designated locations.

F. All reports of the commercial harvest of cobia shall only be submitted through the Mandatory Harvest Reporting Program Web Application. This report shall provide daily harvest records from Sunday through Saturday as described in subsection G of this section and be submitted on a weekly basis no later than Wednesday of the following week.

G. The harvest report requirements shall be as follows:

1. Registered commercial fishermen shall be responsible for providing a harvest report and daily harvest records that include the name and signature of the registered commercial fisherman and the commercial fisherman's registration license number; the name and license registration number of any agent, if used; the license registration number of no more than five helpers who were not serving as agents; any buyer or private sale information; the date of any harvest; the city or county of landing that harvest; the water body fished, gear type, and amount of gear used for that harvest; the number of hours any gear was fished and the number of hours the registered commercial fisherman fished; the number of crew on board, including captain; species harvested; market category; live weight or processed weight of species harvested; and vessel identification (Coast Guard documentation number, Virginia license number, or hull/VIN number). Any information on the price paid for the harvest may be provided voluntarily.

2. The harvest report from oyster aquaculture product owner permittees and clam aquaculture product owner permittees shall include the name, signature, permit number, lease number, date of the last day of the reporting month, city or county of landing, gear (growing technique) used, weight or amount of species harvested by market category, total number of individual crew members for the month, and buyer or private sale information.

3. The harvest report and daily harvest records from seafood landing licensees shall include the name and signature of the seafood landing licensee and the licensee's seafood landing license number; buyer or private sale information; date of harvest; city or county of landing; water body fished; gear type and amount used; number of hours gear fished; number of hours the seafood landing licensee fished; number of crew on board, including captain; nonfederally permitted species harvested; market category; live weight or processed weight of species harvested; and vessel identification (Coast Guard documentation number, Virginia license number, or hull/VIN number).

H. Registered commercial fishermen, oyster aquaculture product owner permittees and clam aquaculture product owner permittees not fishing during a month, or seafood landing licensees not landing in Virginia during a month shall so notify the commission no later than the fifth of the following month by postage paid postal card provided by the commission or by calling the commission's toll free telephone line.

I. Any person licensed as a commercial seafood buyer pursuant to § 28.2-228 of the Code of Virginia shall maintain for a period of one year a copy of each fisherman's daily harvest record form for each purchase made. Such records shall be made available upon request to those authorized by the commission.

J. Registered commercial fishermen, seafood landing licensees, oyster aquaculture product owner permittees, and clam aquaculture product owner permittees shall maintain their harvest records for one year and shall make them available upon request to those authorized by the commission.

K. The reporting of the harvest of federally permitted species from beyond Virginia's tidal waters that are sold to a federally permitted dealer shall be exempt from the procedures described in this section.

L. The owner of any purse seine vessel or bait seine vessel (snapper rig) licensed under the provisions of § 28.2-402 of the Code of Virginia shall submit the Captain's Daily Fishing Reports to the National Marine Fisheries Service, in accordance with provisions of Amendment 1 to the Interstate Fishery Management Plan of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission for Atlantic Menhaden, which became effective July 2001.

M. Registered commercial fishermen, seafood landing licensees, and licensed seafood buyers shall allow those authorized by the commission to sample harvest and seafood products to obtain biological information for scientific and management purposes only. Such sampling shall be conducted in a manner that does not hinder normal business operations.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR450-01-0079 § 6, eff. September 15, 1992; amended, Volume 10, Issue 09, eff. January 1, 1994; Volume 10, Issue 24, eff. July 1, 1994; Volume 11, Issue 17, eff. April 25, 1995; Volume 18, Issue 08, eff. January 1, 2002; Volume 18, Issue 25, eff. August 1, 2002; Volume 23, Issue 04, eff. October 1, 2006; Volume 23, Issue 11, eff. February 1, 2007; Volume 24, Issue 08, eff. December 1, 2007; Volume 26, Issue 01, eff. October 1, 2009; Volume 26, Issue 09, eff. January 1, 2010; Volume 29, Issue 10, eff. January 1, 2013; Volume 29, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2013; Volume 36, Issue 21, eff. June 1, 2020.

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