Administrative Code

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

Chapter 240. Pertaining to the Tangier Island Crab Scrape Sanctuary

4VAC20-240-10. Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to minimize gear conflicts existing between crab pot fishermen and crab scrape fishermen in an area of Chesapeake Bay north of Tangier Island.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR450-01-0033 § 1, eff. May 1, 1985; amended, Virginia Register Volume 5, Issue 3, eff. October 10, 1988; Volume 11, Issue 22, eff. July 1, 1995.

4VAC20-240-20. Gear limitation; closed area.

It shall be unlawful for any person to place, set or fish a crab pot or to harvest hard crabs by any gear in the following area: (all latitudes and longitudes are based on North American Datum, 83 (1993)) beginning near the northernmost point of Fishbone Island, at 37° 53' 10.4510" north, 76° 00' 08.7703" west; thence in a northerly direction approximately 0.92 miles to a point near the eastern shore of Herring Island, at 37° 54' 03.4504" north, 76° 00' 27.7700" west; thence in a northerly direction approximately 1.67 miles to a point near Peach Orchard Point, at 37° 55' 41.4491" north, 76° 00' 53.7692" west; thence following the shoreline of South Point Marsh to a point on the marsh near South Point, at 37° 55' 19.4499" north, 76° 01' 30.7706" west; thence due west approximately 0.80 miles to the remains of the overhead power cable west of the westernmost point of Shanks Island at 37° 55' 20.7101" north, 76° 02' 31.6527" west, thence in a southeasterly direction, along the remains of the overhead power cable, approximately 2.86 miles to a point near Upper Tump, at 37° 52' 50.5065" north, 76° 00' 45.6702" west; thence in a northeasterly direction approximately 0.59 miles to a point near the northernmost point of Fishbone Island, the point of beginning.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR450-01-0033 § 2, eff. May 1, 1985; amended, Virginia Register Volume 5, Issue 3, eff. October 10, 1988; Volume 11, Issue 22, eff. July 1, 1995; Volume 12, Issue 2, eff. September 18, 1995; Volume 13, Issue 18, eff. May 1, 1997.

4VAC20-240-25. Bycatch allowance.

From August 1 through October 31, there shall be a limited daily bycatch allowance of up to three bushels of female hard crabs for valid peeler scrape licensees.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 34, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2018.

4VAC20-240-30. 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 VR450-01-0033 § 3, eff. May 1, 1985; amended, Virginia Register Volume 5, Issue 3, eff. October 10, 1988; Volume 11, Issue 22, eff. July 1, 1995.



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