AGENDA March 26, 2019
APPROVAL OF AGENDA.
MINUTES of previous meeting.
PERMITS (Projects over $500,000.00 with no objections and with staff recommendation for approval).
CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS.
CLOSED MEETING FOR CONSULTATION WITH, OR BRIEFING BY, COUNSEL.
5. SUSAN WADE, #19-0201
Requests authorization to install eight (8) 70-inch by 136-inch oyster upwellers and six (6) water pumps, three (3) submersible and three (3) placed upon the decking of an existing commercial pier, along Milford Haven at 407 Risby Town Road in Mathews County. The project is protested.
6. PUBLIC COMMENTS
7. LICENSE STATUS REVIEW
8. EMERGENCY REGULATION
Proposed amendment to Chapter 4 VAC-20-754-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Importation of Fish, Shellfish or Crustacea" into Virginia waters, to prohibit the importation of the European green crab (green crab).
9. PUBLIC HEARING
Proposal to amend Chapter 4 VAC 20-890-10 et seq., "Pertaining to the Channeled Whelk," to remove the use of a culling ring in the measurement of channeled whelk and maintain only a length measure; to redefine the container used by Law Enforcement to better enforce the sublegal size tolerance allowed in the harvest and landing of channeled whelk; and, to allow harvest and landings of any whelk species by channeled whelk pots.
10. PUBLIC HEARING
Proposal to amend Chapter 4 VAC 20-740-10 et seq., "Pertaining to the Snagging of Fish," to include a prohibition on the towing of any finfish species regulated by a possession limit.
11. PUBLIC HEARING
Proposal to amend Chapter 4VAC 20-510-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Amberjack and Cobia," and Chapter 4VAC 20-252-10 et seq., "Pertaining to the taking of Striped Bass," to adjust the mandatory reporting deadline from 15 days to 21 days after the season closure and to add compliance language which includes the failure to report any one year will result in the loss of eligibility for that permit the following year.
12. PUBLIC HEARING
Proposal to amend Chapter 4 VAC 20-1120-10 et seq."Pertaining to Tilefish and Grouper," to remove the permitting and mandatory reporting requirements.
13. REQUEST FOR PUBLIC HEARING
A request for an April public hearing to consider amending Chapter 4 VAC 20-490-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Sharks," to establish the May 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020 commercial spiny dogfish harvest quota as 2,215,484 pounds. The current season quota is 4,123,239 pounds.
14. REQUEST FOR PUBLIC HEARING
Proposal to amend Chapter 4 VAC 20-450-10 et seq., "Pertaining to the Taking of Bluefish," to establish the 2019 Virginia commercial bluefish quota as 915,857 pounds. The 2018 Virginia commercial bluefish quota was 860,518 pounds.
Funding Recommendation for a river herring sampling project from the Virginia Marine Fishing Improvement Fund.
16. REQUEST FOR PUBLIC HEARING
Proposal to amend Chapter 4 VAC 20-950-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Black Sea Bass," to establish the 2019 recreational fishery management measures, in accordance with the results from the 2019 February recreational season. The 2018 recreational black sea bass fishery was managed by a 12 ½-inch minimum size limit, total length, a 15-fish possession and an open season from May 15 through December 31.
FISHERY MANAGEMENT ITEMS WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THE HABITAT MANAGEMENT PROJECTS ON THIS AGENDA.