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Cobia season extended to Aug. 30

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission voted May 24 to adopt new regulations pertaining to cobia.

The commission, meeting at its headquarters in Newport News, voted 5-4 to extend the recreational cobia fishing season to Aug. 30, 2016, with a one fish per person limit and a two fish daily vessel limit, for all recreational fishing vessels including for-hire (charter and head boats).

VMRC spokesperson Laurie Naismith said the minimum size is 40 inches total length with an allowance for one of the two fish to exceed 50 inches total length. There will also be a prohibition on gaffing, Naismith said. In other action, the commission unanimously approved the one-time placement of the dredged material at the Wolf Trap Alternative Disposal Site. Placement is limited to a period between April 1 and Nov. 30 with the requirement to deploy a turbidity curtain during the placement of dredged material along the York River Placement Site.

Naismith said the Coast Guard requested authorization to p...

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