Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
3/28/2020

Chapter 740. Pertaining to the Snagging or Towing of Fish

4VAC20-740-10. Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to reduce snagging and towing injuries and mortalities to finfish in Virginia waters and to preserve the public safety by prohibiting the practice of snagging fish.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR450-01-0097 § 1, eff. November 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 17, eff. April 13, 1995; Volume 35, Issue 17, eff. April 1, 2019.

4VAC20-740-15. Definition.

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

"Towing of fish" means tethering a fish by any method behind the vessel while the engine is running and in gear.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 17, eff. April 1, 2019.

4VAC20-740-20. Snagging prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person to take or to attempt to take any finfish by means of snagging.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR450-01-0097 § 2, eff. November 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 17, eff. April 13, 1995.

4VAC20-740-25. Towing of fish prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person to tow any cobia or striped bass.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 17, eff. April 1, 2019.

4VAC20-740-30. 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 VR450-01-0097 § 3, eff. November 1, 1993; amended, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 17, eff. April 13, 1995.



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