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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
Chapter 950. Pertaining to Black Sea Bass

4VAC20-950-40. Gear restrictions.

It shall be unlawful for any person to place, set, or fish any fish pot in Virginia tidal waters for the purposes of harvesting black sea bass or to possess or to land in Virginia black sea bass harvested by fish pots which are not constructed as follows:

1. With two escape vents of 2-1/2 inches diameter circular dimension, or 2 inches square dimension, or 1-3/8 inches by 5-3/4 inches rectangular dimension.

2. With hinges or fasteners on one side panel or door, which measures at least 3 inches by 6 inches, made of the following materials:

a. Untreated hemp, jute, or cotton string of 3/16 inches or less diameter;

b. Magnesium alloy, timed float releases (pop-up devices), or similar magnesium alloy fasteners; or

c. Ungalvanized or uncoated iron wire of 0.094 inches or less in diameter.

Statutory Authority

§§ 28.2-201 and 28.2-204.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 13, Issue 14, eff. March 1, 1997; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 14, eff. March 4, 2002; Volume 19, Issue 10, eff. January 1, 2003; Volume 23, Issue 15, eff. March 1, 2007; Volume 37, Issue 13, eff. February 1, 2021.

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