Following are two coastal fisheries-related news items from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC). The items were accessed 12/12/14 from the VMRC’s Web page for news, http://www.mrc.virginia.gov/whatsnew.shtm.
Virginia compliance with Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s amended Interstate Striped Bass Management Plan
Excerpt from 12/9/14 VMRC news item: “The Virginia Marine Resources Commission took a number of steps today in order to comply with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s amended Interstate Striped Bass Management Plan: lowered the creel limit from two to one stripers per person per day in the recreational coastal fishery as of Jan. 1, 2105; instituted a new, no-cost recreational permit and mandatory reporting requirements for those recreational anglers who fish for trophy-sized stripers from May 1 through June 15; reduced the annual commercial striped bass coastal quota by 25 percent; and enacted a 20.5-percent reduction in the commercial harvest quota for stripers in the Bay, both measures for the 2015 season.” Click here to access the full summary of the 12/9/14 VMRC meeting.
Federal closure of commercial fishery for Atlantic sharks
Excerpt from 11/26/14 VMRC news item: “The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) will close the commercial fishery for Atlantic aggregated large coastal sharks and hammerhead sharks at 11:30 p.m. local time on November 30, 2014. Therefore, in accordance with Section 4.3.4, Quota Specification, of the Interstate Fisheries Management Plan for Atlantic Coastal Sharks (FMP), effective 11:30 p.m. local time November 30, 2014, states are required to prohibit the commercial landing, harvest, and possession of these shark species. State water commercial fisheries for these shark species will reopen when the NMFS [National Marine Fisheries Service] reopens federal waters for commercial fishing. ASMFC [Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission] will issue notice of the opening dates once they become available in the 2014 shark quotas and seasons final rule.” Click here to access the closure notice from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).]