VMRC to consider changes to striped bass catch rules

- Posted on Jul 14, 2010 - 09:56 PM

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission will hold a public hearing beginning at noon on Tuesday, July 27, at its headquarters in Newport News pertaining to the taking of striped bass.

According to a legal notice, VMRC proposes to modify the recreational striped bass size and possession limit for the Chesapeake area fall recreational striped bass fishery. This includes the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries and the Potomac River tributaries.

Currently, the notice said there is a two-fish limit, an 18-inch minimum size limit and a no-take slot limit, so no one may possess a striped bass between 28 and 34 inches total length. Only one of the two-fish possession limit may be greater than 34 inches total length.

The commission proposes, for the Oct. 4 through Dec. 31 Chesapeake area recreational striped bass fishery, to maintain the 18-inch minimum size limit and two-fish possession limit, but to allow only one fish of the two-fish possession limit to be greater than 28 inches.

In a separate public hearing July 27, VMRC will discuss Virginia’s blue crab sanctuary and provisions to control the harvest of crabs in these areas. According to VMRC spokesperson John Bull, this hearing will address some technical issues regarding sanctuary boundaries.

For more information, visit www.mrc.state.va.us.