Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
4/1/2020

Chapter 600. Pertaining to Pound Net License Sales

4VAC20-600-10. Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to limit the number of pound net licenses to the number of pound net licenses sold on or after January 1, 1994, and through August 5, 1994. This chapter is part of recent restrictions adopted by the Marine Resources Commission in order to reduce the weakfish fishing mortality rate and to be consistent with federal and interstate management measures.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from VR450-01-0078; § 1, eff. September 1, 1992 to December 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 10, Issue 25, eff. August 8, 1994; Volume 11, Issue 18, eff. April 7, 1995.

4VAC20-600-20. Definition.

The following word and term, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meaning unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

"Pound net" means a stationary or fixed fishing device consisting of several stakes or poles which have been pushed or pumped into the bottom and attached netting which forms a straight wall or leader which serves to guide fish through a funnel and heart-shaped enclosure into a terminal head or pocket with a netting floor.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from VR450-01-0078; § 2, eff. September 1, 1992, to December 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 10, Issue 25, eff. August 8, 1994; Volume 11, Issue 18, eff. April 7, 1995.

4VAC20-600-30. Limit on sale of licenses.

A. Except as provided in 4VAC20-600-40, the total number of pound net licenses issued for any calendar year shall be limited to the number of pound net licenses sold on or before August 5, 1994, for calendar year 1994. No additional pound net licenses shall be sold for any calendar year.

B. All eligible license renewals by those licensees who meet the requirements of subsection A of this section, applications for vacant locations, if available, and requests for transfer of license shall be made in accordance with 4VAC20-20-10 et seq.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from VR450-01-0078 § 3, eff. September 1, 1992, to December 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 10, Issue 25, eff. August 8, 1994; Volume 11, Issue 18, eff. April 7, 1995; Volume 12, Issue 9, eff. January 1, 1996; Volume 13, Issue 22, eff. June 26, 1997.

4VAC20-600-40. Exceptions to limit on pound net licenses.

Licenses issued for pound nets to be set in the following areas shall not be limited in number:

1. In the James River, upstream of a line connecting Scotland Wharf with Jamestown Wharf.

2. In the Mattaponi and Pamunkey Rivers, upstream of the Route 33 bridges at West Point.

3. In the Rappahannock River, upstream of the Route 360 bridge at Tappahannock.

4. In the Virginia Potomac River tributaries, upstream of the Route 301 bridge.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from VR450-01-0078; § 4, eff. September 1, 1992, to December 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 10, Issue 25, eff. August 8, 1994; Volume 11, Issue 18, eff. April 7, 1995.

4VAC20-600-50. Penalty.

As provided 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 and 28.2-204.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR450-01-0078 § 5, eff. September 1, 1992, to December 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 10, Issue 25, eff. August 8, 1994; Volume 11, Issue 18, eff. April 7, 1995.



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