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    Default Proposed Virginia legislature menhaden bills

    This is how our legislature wants to control menhaden in Va waters. If you want the rest of the story, you will have to open up the link to see the complete bill, this is just a summary of what it does.

    SB 157 Menhaden; VMRC to adopt regulations for managing the Commonwealth's fishery. Introduced by: Bill DeSteph
    SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:
    Management of the menhaden fishery. Requires the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (the Commission) to adopt regulations to implement the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden and authorizes the Commission to adopt regulations for managing the Commonwealth's menhaden fishery. The bill also requires that any moratorium on the fishery be subject to legislative review. The bill repeals several Code sections relating to quotas, allocation of allowable landings, and administrative procedures that will be included in a regulatory framework for managing the fishery.

    http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp...01+cal+SC10108

    SB 158 Menhaden fishing; prohibited in Chesapeake Bay. Introduced by: Bill DeSteph
    SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:
    Menhaden fishing in Chesapeake Bay prohibited. Prohibits catching menhaden with purse nets in the territorial waters of the Commonwealth lying west or within three miles of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

    http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp...08SB0158+SBREF

    SB 222 Menhaden; harvest after closure of fishery, penalty.
    Introduced by: Bill DeSteph
    SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:
    Harvest of menhaden after closure of fishery; penalty. Increases from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a Class 6 felony the penalty for harvesting menhaden for bait or reduction purposes after the portion of the total allowable landings for the sector in which that person holds a license has been closed.

    http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp...08SB0222+SBREF

    SB 402 Menhaden fishery; allowable harvest, violation.
    Introduced by: Ghazala F. Hashmi
    SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:
    Menhaden fishery; allowable harvest; violation. Directs the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) to adopt regulations to implement the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden. The bill directs the Commissioner of VMRC (the Commissioner) to annually set total allowable landings for menhaden in accordance with the Virginia allocation of the total allowable catch as determined by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The bill also directs the Commissioner to revoke the license of any person who violates their allowable harvest limit. The bill contains technical amendments.

    http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp...08SB0402+SBREF
    Last edited by Terry Phillips; 01-19-2020 at 11:57 AM. Reason: added additional info

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    Nice to see that Knight found a friend to help the cause.

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    You missed at least one. Keeps the management at the legislature and enacts the cap using, more or less, the wording in the ASMFC Amendment 3. It does subtract overages from the previous year and takes out the clause that currently allows overages to add to the following year's quota.

    http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp...201+ful+HB1668

    HB 1668 Menhaden; adjusts the annual total allowable landings.

    Robert Bloxum

    Menhaden; total landings.
    Adjusts the annual total allowable landings for menhaden downward from 168,937.75 metric tons to 168,213.16 metric tons and provides that any portion of the coast-wide total allowable catch that is relinquished by a state that is a member of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (the Commission) shall be redistributed to Virginia and other states according to the Commission's allocation guidelines. The bill adjusts the annual harvest cap for the purse seine fishery for Atlantic menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay downward from 87,216 metric tons to 51,000 metric tons. The bill also removes a provision that applies the amount by which certain actual Chesapeake Bay harvests fall below the harvest cap as a credit to the following year.

    He also introduced a bill to change the VMRC membership to: 2 commercial fishermen, 2 Aquaculture representatives, 2 marine contractors and 2 recreational fishermen.

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    There are two more more.

    SB 1054 Menhaden; management of fishery.

    http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp...201+sum+SB1054

    Introduced by: Richard H. Stuart

    SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

    Management of the menhaden fishery. Requires the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to adopt regulations necessary to manage Atlantic menhaden, including those necessary to comply with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden. The bill repeals several provisions relating to quotas, allocation of allowable landings, and administrative procedures that will be included in a regulatory framework for managing the fishery. The bill also provides that for the 2020 harvest season, the total allowable landings for menhaden shall be 168,213.16 metric tons, and the annual menhaden harvest cap for the purse seine fishery for Atlantic menhaden in the Chesapeake Bay shall be 51,000 metric tons.

    HB 448 Menhaden; management of the fishery.

    http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp...?201+sum+HB448

    Introduced by: Nancy D. Guy
    SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

    Management of the menhaden fishery. Requires the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to adopt regulations necessary to manage Atlantic menhaden, including those necessary to comply with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Menhaden. The bill repeals several Code sections relating to quotas, allocation of allowable landings, and administrative procedures that will be included in a regulatory framework for managing the fishery.

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    As of now, there is a total of 12 bills in the 2020 General Assembly on menhaden. The only two that transfer full management authority to VMRC are HB1448 and SB791. The Virginia Saltwater Sportfishing Assn supports these bills and has be advocating their passage with legislators. HB1448 will probably be heard on 1/2920. Check the VSSA FB page for further info

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