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VMRC to consider changes to summer flounder regulations

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission will begin a public hearing at noon Tuesday at its headquarters in Newport News pertaining to summer flounder regulations.

The commission proposes to amend the regulation to lower the landings limit for the directed landings period from 12,500 pounds to an amount not less than 7,500 pounds, said Laurie Naismith, VMRC’s public information officer.

This action would promote efficiency in the utilization of the commercial summer flounder quota, Naismith said, while taking into account variations along the Atlantic coast in market potential.

On a separate matter, the commission will hold a hearing pertaining to crabbing. She said the commission proposes to limit the use of fish pots by any individual who is an active crab pot or peeler pot fisherman.

“There is nothing in regulations that prevent a harvester from fishing their licensed amount of crab pots and fish pots in the same location,” a VMRC bulletin said. “It is un...

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