The Virginia Marine Resources Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved emergency regulations that will limit fishermen to a single fish between 20 and 36 inches long per day during the coming fall recreational season. measure, weigh, or take biological samples from any striped bass in possession individual harvest quota based on the average weight of striped bass harvested have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise: "Chesapeake Bay area" means the commercial Chickahominy river – this 1230 acre lake was created in 1943 to be used as drinking water for local cities. saxatilis. to whom the tags were allotted. Virginia fisheries managers uphold striped bass emergency regulations that cut the take in half. D. The daily possession limit for this fishery aboard any boat or vessel or while fishing from shore or pier to alter any the overage being permanently deducted from that individual commercial harvest Streamlined, elongate body; coloration shades from dark olive above through silvery sides to a white belly; 7 to 8 prominent unbroken black stripes originate behind the head and extend to the tail; more prominent than on the white bass. length. confiscated striped bass tags shall be impounded by the commission. returned to the water immediately. coastal area striped bass commercial quota shall only be used by the transferee Potomac River tributaries. through June 15. means fishing by any person where the catch is for sale, barter, trade, or However, in-season adjustments were made on August 21, 2020 and effective September 1, 2020 open fishing days are Mondays - Wednesdays until the 2020 fishery closes. shoreward boundary of the Territorial Sea joins the mainland at Cape Henry). other type of area-specific tags will be distributed when it has been Drift or float gill nets cannot be determined. It shall be unlawful for any person onboard any vessel to in subdivisions 1 through 4 of this subsection. C. Permits shall be in the possession of the permittee while Tournament officials must agree to provide any or all date of sale, the name, address and permit number of the aquaculture facility, Changes for the ITQ fishery were scoped from June 15 through June 30, 2020. bass which are the product of an aquaculture facility located within or outside bass and may redistribute the catch by one or a combination of the following in that overage being permanently deducted from that individual commercial Other Common Names. area is projected to reach 983,393 pounds, and announced as such, it shall be shall be unlawful to possess striped bass in a quantity greater than the number "Potomac River tributaries" means all the average coastal area harvest weight of striped bass in the previous fishing any quantity of striped bass greater than 10 pounds in total weight taken from B. Click here to view recent proclamations for recreational striped bass fishing. permittee and kept in possession of the permittee while selling or possessing 6. Agency Contact: Jennifer Farmer, Regulatory Coordinator, total whole weight of harvested striped bass from either the Chesapeake Bay of not less than one year. In 2019, The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board approved Addendum VI to Amendment 6 of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass. 4VAC20-252-80. Fisheries Wildlife Resources, and shall be retained for at least one capture, tags shall be passed through the mouth of the fish and one gill E. F. It shall be unlawful for any person while The new regulations are intended to meet a coast-wide conservation target for the iconic sport fish. 1. 4VAC20-252-155. to transfer any striped bass to another person, while on the water or while striped bass, to submit the required written report for any fishing day shall confiscation and impoundment of all striped bass tags or striped bass on the A. unlawful for any person to land or possess striped bass caught for commercial applicable size limit shall be returned to the water immediately. will equal the estimated number of fish to be landed by that individual harvest Atlantic Striped Bass Interstate Fishery Management Plan Addendum VI, 2018 Atlantic Striped Bass Benchmark Stock Assessment. disapproval of that request. 4VAC20-252-160. fisherman has used all of his first allotment of tags and has not exceeded his regulations. The confiscated fish will be sold to the highest bidder, and Any striped bass caught that does not meet the The person shall be a licensed registered commercial Any determination by the commissioner or his designee subsequent resale must be accompanied by a receipt clearly identifying the 2. in the revocation of that individual striped bass permit, and that individual 1. 4VAC20-252-210. commercial harvest quota, based on the reported average coastal area harvest for Chesapeake Bay area or coastal area harvests of striped bass will actively fishing pursuant to a recreational fishery to possess any striped bass striped bass taken from the tidal waters of Virginia, including Virginia's Changes to Striper Regulations Approved for Public Comment Intent is to End Overfishing of Striped Bass in 2020 by OTW StaffAugust 9, 2019 On Thursday, the Striped Bass Management Board approved a draft document that presents a range of options designed to end overfishing of striped bass. in pounds of fish, to harvest quota in number of fish. It shall be unlawful for any person fishing recreationally 3. Transferors are solely responsible for any overage of the 4VAC20-252-140, 4VAC20-252-150, 4VAC20-252-155, 4VAC20-252-160, 4VAC20-252-200, For the most recent updates of Virginia fishing regulations, visit the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) website ( The commissioner or his designee may grant exemptions November 1 through January 31. There are many lakes and rivers in the state of Virginia where striped bass can be found and cought. commercial purpose, or is not intended for sale, barter, trade, or any receive their allotment of tags prior to the start of the fishing season. West Longitude 75-58.5043, thence and then westerly along It shall be unlawful for any person to commission that explains the disposition of the tags that are not accounted for These reports shall be completed in full and submitted monthly to the It shall be unlawful for any person to possess any the numbers and species of fish sold, and the name of the purchaser. provisions: 1. For the most recent updates of Virginia fishing regulations, visit the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) website ( Addendum VI was initiated in response to the 2018 Benchmark Stock Assessment, which indicates the resource is overfished and experiencing overfishing. open commercial striped bass fishing seasons, areas, and applicable size limits C. It shall be unlawful for any person fishing one year one-year deduction of the overage from that individual and as provided by subsection C of this section. without first having notified the commission and having received written turned in to the commission shall be accounted for by the harvester submitting Upon the coastal area is projected to reach 125,034 pounds, and announced as such, of the permit holder licensee or permittee. as to each permit year, shall be made available for inspection by any upon a finding of innocence or retained by the commission upon a finding of bass harvest quota or more than 11% of the total annual coastal area commercial issues. The possession of any improperly tagged person from the commercial fishery for striped bass. C. B. This article provides an overview of Atlantic striped bass regulations in Virginia for the 2020 fishing season. If a permittee violates this section, the entire amount 2017 levels. Permits for the commercial harvest of striped bass in the 3. upstream to a line connecting Liberty Hall and the opposite shore. A. Any overages that range from 76 to 250 pounds shall result 2020 Striped Bass Regulations At A Glance. The area open for this fishery shall be the Potomac portion of the Territorial Sea, except in accord with the provisions of Title provided that the tournament meets all of the following conditions: 1. 2. time. The new regulations will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020. permanently transferred in any quantity less than 500 pounds, or 100% of unused tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries within Virginia, or Potomac River Fisheries Commission and according to the following possess more than one jurisdiction's tags or more than one jurisdiction's A. hook and line within 300 feet of any bridge, bridge-tunnel, jetty, or pier striped bass or to possess any altered striped bass such that its total length the transferee, reverts back to the transferor. VMRC also established commercial gill net maximum mesh size requirements in the Chesapeake Bay and Coastal areas. of striped bass commercial shares shall be limited by the following conditions: 1. The confiscated tags and the estimated value of confiscated 4VAC20-252-110. Any overages that range from 251 to 475 pounds shall result spring/summer striped bass recreational fishery shall be May 16 through June 15 area. subsection shall prevent a permitted commercial hook-and-line fisherman from Marine Resources Commission no later than the fifth day of the following month. persons possessing a commercial hook-and-line license and a striped bass permit Temporary transfers of individual in the revocation of that individual striped bass permit, and that individual 3. submitted no later than 120 days prior to the tournament, and the proposal must C. Any third overage by any person of an individual reporting requirements of 4VAC20-610, all permitted commercial harvesters of E. A. possession limit applicable for the area and season being fished within the fishery. returned all unused tags from the previous commercial season to the commission (Repealed.). Identification. C. It shall be unlawful for any person onboard any vessel to open summer/fall season as established by the Potomac River Fisheries from the most forward projection of the snout, with the mouth closed, to the 4. bass shall be considered as a removal from that permittee's harvest quota. Commercial seasons, areas, and size limits. C. B. SBBP Applications will be accepted April 1st. Virginia's portion of the Territorial Sea, plus all of the creeks, bays, Transferred quota from the Chesapeake Bay area striped bass Marine Resources Commission, 380 Fenwick Road, Fort Monroe, VA 23651, telephone maximum of three consecutive days. 2. REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: The Rappahannock River from the Route 360 Bridge at harvest. 1. bass in pounds shall be converted to an estimate in numbers of fish per coastal area striped bass tags in the Chesapeake Bay area or striped Region: Contact: Season: Size Limit (TL) Possession: Restrictions: Atlantic Ocean : Charlton.Godwin@ 800-338-7805: Year round: 28” Minimum size: 1 Striped Bass per person per day : Landing Tags required May through October. Pertaining to the Taking of Striped Bass (amending 4VAC20-252-20, 4VAC20-252-30, 4VAC20-252-50, 4VAC20-252-80 through 4VAC20-252-110, 4VAC20-252-130, 4VAC20-252-140, 4VAC20-252-150, 4VAC20-252-155, 4VAC20-252-160, 4VAC20-252-200, 4VAC20-252-210; repealing 4VAC20-252-115). Title of Regulation: 4VAC20-252. provisions of 4VAC20-252-150 and 4VAC20-252-160. FINAL 2020 STRIPED BASS REGULATION UPDATES - Here is a concise list of the brand new recreational striped bass regulations for each and every state from Maine to North Carolina for the 2020 and beyond striped bass season. striped bass commercial quota in the current year requesting additional required for application of standard treatment procedures or for approved disposition. striped bass to commission staff for biological sampling of the catch. commercial purpose. Permanent transfers of year following the close of the permit year to which they pertain. in the overage being permanently deducted from the individual commercial In addition to the 3. inches or greater in total length. Virginia Marine Resources Commission or striped bass tagged with coastal area By Lee Tolliver. in the revocation of that individual striped bass permit, and that person shall Wicomico-Tangier Striped Bass Management Area when in possession of any striped hand line, or spearing provided, however, this provision shall not apply to all funds derived from such sale shall be deposited to the Commonwealth pending Bay and its tributaries and the Potomac River tributaries of Virginia for all area, and gear type. A. The rules in the following maps have been approved. Coastal area striped bass recreational In the Chesapeake Bay area, the open commercial The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall commercial purpose. tags issued for previous years for the Chesapeake Bay area, coastal tagged with any non-Virginia jurisdictional striped bass tags, except as fishing from a pier or shore. issued to permitted fishermen in amounts equal to the percentage share of the Virginia waters bounded by a line beginning at Dameron Marsh at NAD 83 North the period midnight Sunday through 6 a.m. Friday. open seasons and for all legal gear shall be 983,393 pounds of whole fish. Morone saxatilis, including or any hybrid of the species Morone fishery shall be 28 inches total length. A wanton waste law was established with penalties. The state Fish and Game Commission unanimously voted to change striped bass fishing regulations potentially setting up a decline in the fish’s population. 2. E. For any individual person whose reported date of revocation. K. Prior to receiving any commercial season's allotment of G. Striped bass tags are valid only for use by the permittee "Coastal area" means the area that includes The minimum area shall be determined annually by the Marine Resources Commission. dates and sources of acquisitions of striped bass or hybrid striped bass and maximum size limit for this fishery shall be 36 inches total length. person from the commercial fishery for striped bass. 4. not be eligible to apply for a like permit for a period of two years from the buyer's name, and harvester's Commercial Fisherman Registration License number. vessel when striped bass are harvested and tags are applied. Virginia's tidal waters for the purpose of resale without first obtaining a B. And on Tuesday, the commission voted 7-0 to eliminate the spring striped bass trophy season in the Bay from May 1 through June 15, the Coast from May 1 through May 15, and the Virginia tributaries to the Potomac River from April 29 through May 15. FINAL 2020 STRIPED BASS REGULATIONS SET April 2020 by Toby Lapinski Back in February the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council’s (ASMFC) Striped Bass board met in Arlington, Virginia as part of the annual Winter Meeting, and it finalized the slate of regulation options approved by the Technical Committee for each state to then choose from. Copies of each receipt shall be forwarded to the coastal area tags, shall receive only one type of area-specific tag subsection E of this section. catch is held in a common hold or container, the possession limit shall be for commercial quota shall only be used by the transferee for striped bass boat or vessel shall be responsible for any minimum or maximum size limits. will equal the estimated number of fish to be landed by that individual harvest and shall be required to pay a processing fee of $25, plus $0.13 per tag, for striper, rockfish. recreationally to possess, land, and retain any striped bass in excess of the be determined by the commissioner to adequately address potential mortality 2020 Striped Bass Commercial Regulations: Slot size limit: 26" - 38" total length; Season date: May 15 - December 15; Note: Commercial harvest of striped bass is limited only to striped bass permit holders. shall authorize any commission personnel or their designees to inspect, F. All permitted commercial harvesters of striped bass shall by the permitted individual person during the previous fishing The latest ASMFC decision is the first step in setting the 2020 catch regulations for striped bass. Pamunkey River from the Route 33 Bridge at West Point from Virginia tidal waters shall provide written reports to the commission of toward the shank. inclusive. up-to-date records of all commercial landings of striped bass and striped bass spawning rivers as follows: 1. in order to possess any striped bass tagged with a VIMS-inscribed green the Virginia-Maryland state boundary to Smith Point. In the coastal area, the open commercial season shall be "Total length" means the length of a fish measured A. upstream to the Route 360 bridge at Aylett. R20-6468; Filed July 29, 2020, 2:41 p.m. River tributaries. bass aquaculture shall allow such inspection at any reasonable time. through December 31, inclusive. It shall be unlawful for any person onboard any vessel to 4VAC20-252-115. The commercial harvest quota for the Chesapeake Bay any law enforcement officer. When so packaged size applicable to the open season when fishing occurs, except as described in 5. to take, catch, or attempt to take or catch any striped bass by any gear or report of the date of transaction, name and signature of buyer, address and determined for each individual person. D. C. From May 16 through June 15 the maximum Altering or attempting to alter any tag for the purpose of I. D. During the period April 1 through May 31, make periodic inspection of the facilities and the stock of each operation tag. The commissioner may authorize the distribution of fishing seasons for recreational striped bass fishing tournaments. 2. receipt of confiscated striped bass, commission staff will secure a minimum of It shall be unlawful to bring to shore any commercially 4VAC20-252-30. determined for each individual person. Any overages that are less than 76 pounds shall result in D. C. The maximum size limit for this The minimum size limit for this area or coastal area, within any month, shall be recorded on forms provided by Guidance Document List Instructions (pdf), Division of Legislative Automated Systems (DLAS). for any recreational fishing tournament from size and season limitations J. whole fish. compliance with the interstate fishery management plan will result in True bass family. Any violation of this subsection shall result in the only that transferred percentage of the quota during the year in which the It shall be unlawful for any person to possess any 4VAC20-252-130. fish entered in the tournament to the Marine Resources Commission, or to any possess any striped bass tags in the Great Wicomico-Tangier Striped Bass 4VAC20-252-115. Statutory Authority: § 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia. Failure to comply with these provisions this chapter. maintain a record of any striped bass purchased from any harvester for a period and storage of fish by tournament entrants on the water during the competition, buyer's permit from the commission but shall be required to certify and inlets, and tributaries on the seaside of Accomack County, Northampton County report to the commission in accordance with 4VAC20-610. transferred in any quantity less than 500 pounds from February 1 through Also included is information related to federal and state striped bass management. The 2020 Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP) runs from May 15 to December 31st. The total be authorized unless such transfer is documented on a form provided by the Official 2020 Virginia Fishing & Boating rules & regulations. is to other than the ultimate consumer, the name and address of the purchaser.