The Virginia Marine Resources Commission will hold a public hearing pertaining to crab pot licensing requirements at noon Tuesday at the commission headquarters, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News.
On June 8, the commission adopted crab pot licensing changes under its emergency regulatory authority and the July meeting will allow time for public comment on the matter before a final vote is taken.
The changes conform to recent changes in the Code of Virginia whereby anyone licensed by a recreational five-crab pot license who outfits those pots with terrapin excluder devices shall be charged $36.
VMRC spokesperson Laurie Naismith said anyone licensed by a recreational five-crab pot license who does not outfit those recreational crab pots with terrapin excluder devices WIll be charged $46. These licensing changes went into effect July 1. The purpose of this amendment is to encourage terrapin conservation in the recreational crab pot fishery and comply with recent changes to the Code ...
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