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Petition Information
Petition Title Petition for rulemaking to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission regarding Atlantic menhaden, the Chesapeake Bay, and the reduction fishery
Date Filed 12/21/2023    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Chesapeake Legal Alliance (David Reed) and Southern Maryland Recreational Fishing Organization 
Petitioner's Request

A petition for rulemaking has been requested by the petitioners for the following:

1. Enact a moratorium in the Bay: Set a precautionary moratorium on purse seine landings by the menhaden reduction fleet within the Chesapeake Bay.
2. Require no less than 40% of harvest from federal waters: Set a limit of no more than 60% of current purse seine menhaden landings within Virginia waters (approximately 94,000 metric tons).
3. Codify a 1-mile shoreline buffer: Establish a permanent 1-nautical mile shoreline buffer along Virginia’s shoreline prohibiting the use of menhaden purse seines.
4. Fund and implement a menhaden population study: Implement and enhance the Atlantic Menhaden Research proposal to investigate localized depletion and its impacts on the Bay (VIMS, October 1, 2023).
5. Establish proper industry oversight: Require increased vessel and landings monitoring and reporting to ensure compliance and reduce bycatch and impacts on Bay habitats.

Agency's Plan

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission is submitting notice of the petition for publication in the Virginia Register of Regulations and announcing a public comment period. Following receipt of comments on the petition, the Commission will review the petition.

Comment Period Began 1/15/2024    Ended 2/5/2024
Virginia Register Announcement Submitted on 12/21/2023
The Virginia Register of Regulations
Published on: 1/15/2024     Volume: 40  Issue: 11
Agency Decision Pending    

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