FT. MONROE—The Virginia Marine Resources Commission will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 28, at the VMRC Main Office, Building 96, 380 Fenwick Road, Ft. Monroe.
The public hearing docket will include proposals to:
• Terminate the Recreational Cobia Mandatory Reporting Program and associated species permit. The purpose is to remove regulatory burden on the recreational fishing community, while collecting voluntary data reports which focus on data gaps in the stock assessment.
• Provide an option to purchase a multiyear resident recreational saltwater fishing license. The purpose is to comply with legislation adopted during the 2022 General Assembly.
• Establish the percentage Virginia receives of the coastwide total allowable catch of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic menhaden. The purpose is to comply with the plan.
• Adjust the public oyster harvest seasons. The purpose is to manage the Virginia public oyster fishery for sustainable harvest.
Copies of the proposed draft regulations are available for public inspection at mrc.virginia.gov.