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« on: September 14, 2012, 12:40:10 PM »

When does the season end for a Trot line in VA?

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« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2012, 11:46:46 PM »

From what I can tell the season for male crabs is March 17 to Nov. 30.  for female crabs it is March 17 to Nov. 20 independent of gear type or personal or commercial use.

There is some inconsistent wording in the preamble that states that it is for commercial crabbing.  I sent an email in asking a few questions.

Oh you do have this closed area.

 4 VAC 20-240-10. PURPOSE:

The purpose of this chapter is to minimize gear conflicts existing between crab pot fishermen and crab scrape fishermen in an area of Chesapeake Bay north of Tangier Island.

4 VAC 20-240-20. GEAR LIMITATION, CLOSED AREA:

It shall be unlawful for any person to place, set or fish a crab pot or to harvest hard crabs by any gear in the following area: (all Latitudes and Longitudes are based on North American Datum, 83 (1993)). Beginning near the Northernmost point of Fishbone Island, at 37E 53' 10.4510" north, 76E 00' 08.7703" west; thence in a Northerly direction approximately 0.92 miles to a point near the Eastern shore of Herring Island, at 37E 54' 03.4504" north, 76E 00' 27.7700" west; thence in a Northerly direction approximately 1.67 miles to a point near Peach Orchard Point, at 37E 55' 41.4491" north, 76E 00' 53.7692" west; thence following the shoreline of South Point Marsh to a point on the marsh near South Point, at 37E 55' 19.4499" north, 76E 01' 30.7706" west; thence due west approximately 0.80 miles to the remains of the overhead power cable west of the Westernmost point of Shanks Island at 37E 55' 20.7101" north, 76E 02' 31.6527" west; thence in a Southeasterly direction, along the remains of the overhead power cable, approximately 2.86 miles to a point near Upper Tump, at 37E 52' 50.5065" north, 76E 00' 45.6702" west; thence in a Northeasterly direction approximately 0.59 miles to a point near the Northernmost point of Fishbone Island, the point of beginning.

Commercial use these rules apply but not recreational

4VAC20-1210-20. Open seasons and description of blue crab sanctuary.

A. The limits of the blue crab sanctuary area are defined as follows: beginning at the point of origin of the center line of the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel facility where such facility commences in the City of Norfolk, Virginia, and following the shoreline in a general easterly direction, and also extending 200' out from the mean low-water mark of such shoreline into the Chesapeake Bay, to Harrison's fishing pier, Ocean View, and thence in a general northerly direction to Thimble Shoal Lighthouse; thence running in approximately a northeasterly direction to Cape Charles Lighthouse, located on Smiths Island; and thence in approximately a southwestern direction to Cape Henry Lighthouse, and bounded by the shoreline; and thence following the shoreline in a general westerly direction back to the point of beginning.

B. It shall be unlawful for any person to take or catch crabs for commercial purposes from the area described in subsection A of this section, except from March 17 through April 30 and September 16 through November 30 of the lawful crabbing season described in 4VAC20-1040 that pertains to the licensed use of crab pot, peeler pot, crab scrape, crab trap, ordinary trot line, patent trot line, and dip net.
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2012, 05:36:49 PM »

Finally spoke to a officer and he confirmed this for 2012 season.
 The season for male crabs is March 17 to Nov. 30.  for female crabs it is March 17 to Nov. 20

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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2012, 05:29:18 PM »

It is still subject to change on female crabs.  It will be on the October commission meeting agenda to extend the season until (maybe) Dec. 15.
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