Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
4/6/2020

Chapter 1110. Pertaining to Sheepshead

4VAC20-1110-10. Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to conserve and protect sheepshead stocks in Virginia waters.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 19, eff. May 1, 2007.

4VAC20-1110-20. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

"Commercial fishing" or "fishing commercially" or "commercial fishery" means fishing by any person where the catch is for sale, barter, trade, or any commercial purpose, or is intended for sale, barter, trade, or any commercial purpose.

"Recreational fishing" or "fishing recreationally" or "recreationally fishing" means fishing by any person, whether licensed or exempted from licensing, where the catch is not for sale, barter, trade, or any commercial purpose, or is not intended for sale, barter, trade, or any commercial purpose.

"Sheepshead" means any fish of the species Archosargus probatocephalus.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 19, eff. May 1, 2007.

4VAC20-1110-30. Recreational harvest and possession limit.

The recreational harvest, landing and possession limit for sheepshead, as described in 4VAC20-1110-20, shall be four fish. It shall be unlawful for any person to recreationally harvest, land or possess more than four sheepshead within or without Virginia tidal waters. When fishing from any boat or vessel where the entire catch is held in a common hold or container, the possession limit for sheepshead shall be for the boat or vessel and shall be equal to the number of persons on board legally eligible to fish multiplied by four. The captain or operator of the boat or vessel shall be responsible for any boat or vessel possession limits.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 19, eff. May 1, 2007.

4VAC20-1110-40. Commercial limitations.

A. It shall be unlawful for any vessel to land in Virginia more than 500 pounds of sheepshead, as described in 4VAC20-1110-20, per day.

B. It shall be unlawful to transfer harvest at sea.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 19, eff. May 1, 2007.

4VAC20-1110-50. Penalty.

As set forth in § 28.2-903 of the Code of Virginia, any person violating any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor, and a second or subsequent violation of any provision of this chapter committed by the same person within 12 months of a prior violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 19, eff. May 1, 2007.



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