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VMRC to consider changes to flounder regulations

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission will consider changes to current commercial summer flounder vessel possession and landing limits when it meets on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at commission headquarters in Newport News.

A public hearing will begin no earlier than noon that day to receive comment on seasonal time limits associated with the landing of summer flounder from federal waters, said Laurie Naismith, VMRC’s public information officer.

The purpose of the proposed changes, Naismith said, is to promote efficient utilization of this resource and economic stability.

A separate hearing will be held Oct. 27 pertaining to license requirements and fees. That hearing involves a proposal to establish an eel pot license. At this time eel pots and fish pots can be purchased under a single license, a commission notice said.

The purpose of the eel amendment, Naismith said, is to conform to requirements of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission request to manage the American eel...

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