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Board of Game and Inland Fisheries

Fish: Fishing Generally [4 VAC 15 ‑ 320]
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Chapter Information
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
One section of this regulation is essential to protect the welfare (economic well-being) of private aquaculture facilities interested in selling game fish or catfish for stocking purposes, and tidewater commercial catfish fishermen. Code prohibits selling freshwater fish unless specifically permitted by law or regulation. This section of regulation is that authority. The remaining sections of this regulation are for the efficient and economical performance of the important government function of providing and sustaining recreational fishing opportunity. DGIF was established in the early 1900's in response to the drastic decline of wildlife and fishery resources. The anglers have paid for and expect to have viable fishery resources, sport fishing opportunities, and some level of sport fish harvest. It is the existence of this regulation that maintains maximum recreational opportunity and sustained sport fish harvest.
State Authority § 29.1-103 of the Code of Virginia . Sections ,3 ,6 ,7 ,11 and 12. Powers and duties of the Board . § 29.1-318. Board may charge use fees for fishing in certain waters . § 29.1-501. Promulgation of regulations; publication of proposed regulations or change
Federal Authority n/a
Exempt from APA Yes, changes to this chapter of the VA Administrative Code are exempt from the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation Maximize and sustain recreational opportunity for the licensed freshwater angler and potentially increase angler utilization of Virginia's fisheries resources.
Meetings See all meetings (23) relating to this chapter.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Frances Boswell  
Address: 4016 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)367-9149    FAX: (804)367-0405    TDD: ()-
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Date Filed Status
8/24/2000 Amend