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Cobia regulations to be considered Tuesday

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the recreational cobia fishery measures for the 2017 season at noon Tuesday at commission headquarters in Newport News.

The commission will consider various conservation options for the 2017 recreational cobia fishery, said Laurie Naismith, public information officer for VMRC.

For example, the commission could decide to make no change from the 2016 management measures for the 2017 season. Other options might include establishment of a 1, 2, 3 or 4 cobia daily vessel limit or establish a 2017 recreational cobia fishing season start date. Naismith said examples are June 1 or June 15, as there was no specified start date previously.

The 2016 recreational management measures included a one fish per person possession limit, a 40-inch total length minimum possession size limit, and a two fish per daily vessel limit (allowing only one of the two fish to be 50 inches or greater in total length), a ...

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