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I had access to a number of the code books over the years. Here is a summary of what I found when I reviewed the Menhaden sections. Again I did not have all the books so some of the dates that things happened are fuzzy. The years quoted are for the books that I had.

Tom

1946 -

Section 3159 ? License regulation fees $15 for sailing vessels net less than 400 meshes deep, $50 sailing vessel with a net more than 400 meshes deep, steam or power vessel >20 hp $1 per ton, minimum $100, max $200. Two areas the first is the bay which was reserved for Virginia residents and the coastal waters for residents and non-residents. Failure to have a license or for the water being fished netted a fine between $500 and $2000 with a mandatory loss of nets vessels along with ?other thing used by such person, firm, or corporation in taking, or catching fish, or manufacturing them into oil, fish scrap, fish meal, or manure?

Section 3167 ? Food fish not to be taken bought or sold for manufacture into guano, fish meal, or oil; percentage allowable; penalty. Maximum bycatch of 1%. Fine between $1000 and $3000 with mandatory loss of license for the remainder of the season.

3175 ? Closed season for menhaden fishing forbidden nets; penalty ? Closed between December 1 and the last Monday in May. Fine between $500 and $1000.

3176 ? Details on what it means to qualify for an instate license. Fine $500 to $2000 with loss of boats, nets, etc.

1966 -

28.1-58 Food fish not to be taken bought or sold for manufacture into . . . 1% bycatch limit, no sale of bycatch allowed. Conviction is a misdemeanor and license is suspended for remainder of the season.

28.1-65 Closed season between Dec. 1 and Last Monday in May

28.1-59 and 60 ? Residents may fish all waters nonresidents may only fish coastal waters. Season closed last Dec. 1 to last Monday in May.

Excepted waters. (I think that this was added in 1966 as per the footnote in the code book)

a. Piankatank river west of the northern most edge of Qwinn?s Island North to the easternmost edge of the highland on Stingray point.
b. Rappahannock River above R.O. Norris Bridge
c. York River west of a line extending northerly from the western line of godwin Islands through the western lind of Ellen Island to the northern bake of the York.
d. In the East, North, Ware, and Severn rivers.

1968 no change

1974 -

Changes.
28.1-65 Season closed from Dec. 20 until last Monday in May. (Added 20 days to the season.)

28.1-60(3) Non resident (coastal waters) closed season Dec. 1 until last Monday in May.


21.1-58 (3) Excepted waters. (Add e. through z. although they are all in section 3-e in code)

a. Piankatank river west of the northern most edge of Gwynn?s Island North to the easternmost edge of the highland on Stingray point.
b. Rappahannock River above R.O. Norris Bridge
c. York River west of a line extending northerly from the western line of godwin Islands through the western lind of Ellen Island to the northern bank of the York.
d. In the East, North, Ware, and Severn rivers.
e. Cape Charles harbor eastward of a line from the western tip of the jetty on the southern side of the channel to the westernmost tip of the jetty on the northern side of the channel.
f. In Kings Creek and Cherrystone Inlet eastward of a line from the western end of the jetty on the north side of Cape Charles harbor to the southern end of Wescoat Point.
g. In the Mattowoman and Hungars creek eastward of a line from the northwestern most tip of land in Old Town Neck to Great Neck Point.
h. In Nassawadox Creek eastward of a line from Shooting Point to Nassawandox Point;
i. In Occohannock Creek eastward of a line from Sparrow Point to the southernmost tip of Powells Bluff.
j. In Nandua Creek eastward of a line from the northern most point of Milbys Point to the southwestern most point of land in Hacks Neck, said line having a true bearing of 027*.
k. In Pungoteague Creek eastwared of aline from Bluff point to the southeastern most point of Finneys Island;
l. In onancock Creek eastward of a line from Thicket Point to Ware Point;
m. In Chesconessix Creek eastward of a line from the northernmost point of South Beach to the northwestern most point of Beach Island.
n. In Deep Creek, Hunting Creek, and Guilford Creek eastwared of a line from the eastern most tip of Russel Island to halfmoon Point to Peters Point to Simpson Point to Flood Point to Ebb Point to the mouth of Great Gut
o. In Messongo Creek Eastward of a line from south point to North Point
p. In the Virginia portion of Pocomocke River northeast of a line from Long Point to VA-MD spar bouy ?A?
q. In Dividing Creek, Prentice Creek and Jarvis Creek Westward of a line from Hughlett Point to Jarvis Point
r. In Indian Creek and Henry?s Creek from a line from the southernmost point of land on the eastern side of the mouth of Henry?s Creek to the easternmost point of Fleets Bay Neck
s. In Dymers Creek westward of a line from the southernmost point of Grog Island to the easternmost point of Poplar Neck
t. In Tabbs Creek westward of the line across the mouth of the creek and its narrowest point;
u. In Horn Harbor and dyer Creek westwared of a line from the southern most tip of Beach Point to the northernmost point on the south side of the mouth of Dyer Creek.
v. In Back Creek and Claxton Creek westward of a line from the southernmost point of Goodwin Island to the Northernmost point of Green Point
w. In Chisman Creek, Poquoson River and Bennetts Creek westward of a line from York Point to Hunts Point and southward to a line from Hunts Hunts Point to the westward most point of Cow Island;
x. In Back River westward westward of a line from Plumtree point to the westernmost point of Northend point.
y. In Little Creek southward of a line from the north point of the west Jetty to the north point of the east Jetty.
z. In Lynnhaven bay southward of the Lynnhaven bay southward of the Lynnhaven inlet bridge on US RT. 60.

1975 - Changes
28.1-81.1 No harvest for reduction license for Non-US citizen.

1976 changes.
28.1-60(3) and 28.1-65 change Open season from third Monday in May to third Friday of November, inclusive.

1980 - Changes

Section 28.1-60 changed Allowed non state residents to take menhaden for reduction purposes anywhere in VA.

28.1-81.1 Repealed non Citizens covered by a federal licenses

28.1-59(4) Opened waters to vessels less than 100 Gross Tons Areas defined as all areas open and additionally to the areas for all purse seine boats in addition are authorized to fish in:

a. Rappahannock River eastward and southward of a line extending from towels Point to Burnham Wharf and from Orchard Point to Towles Point;
b. In Dividing Creek eastward from a line extending from Jarvis Point to Ditchley Pump House;
c. In Indian Creek eastward from a line directly across the creek at Rappahannock Oyster Company, in Dymers Creek eastward from a line directly across the creek at the eastern end of standard Products doc.

Section 28.1-59-3(e) added (between my p and q)

(p1) The great Wicomico River from the mouth of Whay?s Creek, to Sandy Point.

And

w. In Back Creek and Claxton Creek westward of a line from the southernmost point of Goodwin Island to the Northernmost point of Green Point
x. In Chisman Creek, Poquoson River and Bennetts Creek westward of a line from York Point to Hunts Point and southward to a line from Hunts Hunts Point to the westward most point of Cow Island;

Changed to:

wx. In Back Creek, Clarkston Creek, Chisman Creek, Poquoson River and Bennetts Creek and adjacent waters westward of a line from the southeastern most point of Goodwin Island to the western most point of Cow Island.

1984 (or a few years earlier) -

28.1-59(4) Changed 100 tons to 70 tons for the boats excepted in the upper Rappahannock.

28.1-65-1 Season for vessels less than 70 tons. Not for reduction Open from the First Monday in March to, but not including, the first Monday in May. (enacted in 1982 I think)

1988 -

28.1-65 The waters east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel are to be closed between the Friday before Christmas and the day preceding the first Monday in May. (added 4 weeks in the fall and four weeks in the spring.)

1992 changed numbering systems in the code book.

2004 No changes since 1988
 
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