Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
4/7/2020

Chapter 1140. Prohibition of Crab Dredging in Virginia Waters

4VAC20-1140-10. Purpose.

This chapter promotes conservation of the blue crab resource, especially female crabs that constitute mostly all of the crab dredge harvest, with many of those female crabs yet to produce their initial spawn. The provisions in this chapter are in response to the reduced abundance of the blue crab resource and its overexploitation, especially of female crabs.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 19, eff. April 30, 2008; amended, Virginia Register Volume 26, Issue 21, eff. June 1, 2010.

4VAC20-1140-20. Crab dredging prohibited.

In accordance with the provisions of § 28.2-707 of the Code of Virginia, the crab dredging season of December 1, 2019, through March 31, 2020, is closed, and it shall be unlawful to use a dredge for catching crabs from the waters of the Commonwealth during that season.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 19, eff. April 30, 2008; amended, Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 21, eff. June 1, 2009; Volume 26, Issue 21, eff. June 1, 2010; Volume 28, Issue 3, eff. October 1, 2011; Volume 29, Issue 8, eff. November 30, 2012; Volume 30, Issue 24, eff. November 1, 2014; Volume 32, Issue 6, eff. November 1, 2015; Volume 32, Issue 24, eff. July 5, 2016; Volume 33, Issue 26, eff. August 1, 2017; Volume 34, Issue 23, eff. July 5, 2018; Volume 35, Issue 23, eff. July 5, 2019.

4VAC20-1140-30. 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 24, Issue 19, eff. April 30, 2008.



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