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« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2007, 12:47:58 PM »

Man, now I'm scratching my head.  A couple months ago I emailed VMRC in Newport News, asking about recreational crabbing using collapsible side traps.  To me, the regs on the 'net don't explain it well.  My reply from them said you can use any number of collapsable sided traps and that the seasonable restrictions to not apply.  The only restriction on traps is size and quantity.

A copy of that email will stay in my boat bag.

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« Reply #21 on: March 22, 2007, 08:24:13 PM »

GOOD news.  Wink Wink
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« Reply #22 on: March 22, 2007, 10:15:46 PM »

Man, now I'm scratching my head.  A couple months ago I emailed VMRC in Newport News, asking about recreational crabbing using collapsible side traps.  To me, the regs on the 'net don't explain it well.  My reply from them said you can use any number of collapsable sided traps and that the seasonable restrictions to not apply.  The only restriction on traps is size and quantity.

A copy of that email will stay in my boat bag.

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2 TRAPS PER PERSON, MARCH 19 - DECEMBER 1, UNLESS YOU BUY THE 5 POT LICENSE....................
HAND LINES  (NO GEAR) AND DIP NET 365 DAYS A YEAR
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« Reply #23 on: March 22, 2007, 10:17:13 PM »

Licensing Information

Any person desiring to take or catch finfish or shellfish for recreational purposes in the tidal waters of Virginia must first obtain the appropriate gear license (See Exemptions and Annual License Fees below). Gear licenses can be purchased from any Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) licensing agent, except that crab pound/trap licenses can onlybe obtained from the district marine patrol officer. All licenses are valid for a calendar year and expire December 31 in the year issued. License tags for boats using crab pots and/or trotlines must be fastened at a conspicuous place on the starboard side of the boat or on the boat's mast; for crab pounds, the tags must be fastened to one of the offshore stakes [Code 28.2-225, 28.2-226.1, 28.2-234, 28.2-300, Regulation 4 VAC 20-60-20].

Any license to recreationally fish or crab shall be issued to an individual for his/her exclusive use and shall not be transferable. No person shall be issued more than one recreational gill net license, more than one recreational crab pot license, more than one recreational crab pound/trap license, nor more than one recreational eel pot license [Code 28.2-226.1, Regulation 4 VAC 20-670-20].



EXEMPTIONS - The following activities are exempt from the licensing requirements:

1. Taking by dip net, hand line, or two crab pots as much as one bushel of hard crabs and two dozen peeler crabs in any one day for personal use aboard any vessel. If crabbing occurs from shore (crabs are not possessed on a vessel) the possession limit is one bushel and two dozen peeler crabs per person per day.

2. Taking a maximum of one bushel of oysters in any one day for personal use, when taken by hand or with ordinary tongs during the oyster season from open rocks.

3. Taking a maximum of 250 clams in any one day for personal use, when taken by hand or with ordinary tongs from open areas.

4. Using one tank or float no greater than 4 feet in width and 8 feet in length for shedding crabs for personal use.

5. Harvest of oysters or clams from a private lease by the leaseholder, or the person authorized or employed by a leaseholder. (Other no-cost permits may be required.)

6. Taking minnows, menhaden, or mullet for personal use as bait with a cast net; fish may not be sold, traded or bartered.

7. Taking, by hand, a maximum of 5 horseshoe crabs in any one day for personal use only. No harvesting allowed from any shore or tidal waters of Virginia, within 1000 feet in any direction, of the mean low water line, from May 1 through June 7.


Exemption references:  [Code 28.2-226, 4 VAC 20-270-56, 4 VAC 20-670-20, 4 VAC 20-900-30].
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« Reply #24 on: March 22, 2007, 10:20:52 PM »

 WOW JEFF I SEE WHAT YOU MEAN
THE SEASON DATES ARE N0T THERE
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« Reply #25 on: March 22, 2007, 10:28:59 PM »

Speaking of crabs Russ , how did your pots pan out???
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« Reply #26 on: March 22, 2007, 11:37:36 PM »

WOW JEFF I SEE WHAT YOU MEAN
THE SEASON DATES ARE N0T THERE

They will be under another section
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« Reply #27 on: March 22, 2007, 11:47:02 PM »

anyone catching yet HuhHuh??
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« Reply #28 on: March 23, 2007, 02:09:14 PM »

My confusion was around "trap" vs. "pot" since they're two different things and the regs don't mention "traps".  I don't have access to my personal email from here (work) but I'll post my question and their reply this weekend.  Basically, from what he said, the limits for "pots" don't apply to collapsable sided "traps".  The sponge, size and quantity limits do apply.

Shoot, all we do is grab about a dozen for a weekend dinner anyway so the jimmies don't need to worry too much about us.  Anyway, I'll get that email posted.

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« Reply #29 on: March 25, 2007, 07:20:32 PM »

Here is the questions from my email and their very brief reply.  The reply came from a Mr. Milholen with VMRC.


> The VMRC regulations talk about pots and lines but very little about
> using traps and we are a little confused. My questions are:
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>    1. Do the requirements of a maximum of five pots apply to traps?
>    2. Does the Sunday restriction of no more than two pots for an
>       unlicensed recreational crabber apply to traps? In other words,
>       can we use five traps on Sundays?
>    3. I assume that the seasonal restriction of no crabbing between
>       December 1 and March 31 applies to a recreational crabber using
>       traps?
>    4. The regulations talk about “licensed recreational crab pots” and
>       “unlicensed recreational crabbing”. Does that mean that you can
>       use traps without a license? If so how many can be used? I guess
>       this question relates to question 1.
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> Thank you very much for your assistance.
>
> Karen and Jeff Foster
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There is no limit to the number of collapsible side crab traps you may have. There is no season and no license is required. All other restrictions apply ( size of crab, quanity, etc.).
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« Reply #30 on: March 25, 2007, 07:55:49 PM »

COULD YOU FORWARD THAT E-MAIL TO ME PLEASE
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« Reply #31 on: March 25, 2007, 07:57:38 PM »

Speaking of crabs Russ , how did your pots pan out???
NOTHING YET..........................
IM OFF MONDAY ILL MAKE A RUN THEN TO SE WHATS UP
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« Reply #32 on: March 25, 2007, 09:00:18 PM »

Good luck.  Wink Wink
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« Reply #33 on: March 26, 2007, 08:10:53 PM »

Crabguy - you've got mail.

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« Reply #34 on: March 27, 2007, 05:18:32 PM »

I GOT IT , THANK YOU!
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