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VMRC establishes commercial bluefish quota for 2014

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission voted during a meeting at its headquarters in Newport News held July 22 to establish the 2014 commercial bluefish quota at 886,040 pounds.

The matter passed unanimously following a public hearing, VMRC public information officer Laurie Naismith said.

In a separate matter, the commission unanimously approved the application of Edmund J. Ruffin Jr. regarding a shoreline project in Gloucester County.

The commission gave Ruffin the go-ahead with his project, despite the protest of an adjoining property owner, Naismith said. Ruffin was granted authorization to construct an 18-foot by 36-foot open-sided boathouse over an existing boat slip at a private, non-commercial open-pile pier adjacent to his property situated along the Ware River at 6740 Ware Neck Road. Naismith said the commission supported the project consistent with a revised drawing offered by the applicant that reduced the height of the boathouse roof and which changed it from a gable t...

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