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Here is the agenda for the afternoon session (starts sometime after noon). My personal comments are in [] brackets.


9. PUBLIC COMMENTS [Anybody is allowed to stand and speak on anything that is not a public hearing on that day. Often times requests from out of the blue occur at this time. If you have a specific beef about something this is one of the times that you are allowed to do so. Just be polite.]

10. PUBLIC HEARING: Request to lower quota and adjust trip limits for the 2003/04 Spiny Dogfish fishery through amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-490-10 et seq., "pertaining to sharks". [The quota is handed down by a coast wide commission. This is just the details of how to allocate it and run the fishery.]

11. Continued Discussion and Decision regarding proposed amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-950-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Black Sea Bass", to establish provisions for the 2004 commercial black sea bass fishery. A public hearing was held on October 7, 2003. [Same as above. Issues concern how to allocate an additional 170,000 pounds of quota. Mostly off shore. Value of fish $2 to $6 per pound. About 50 vessels in the fishery.]


12. PUBLIC HEARING: A proposal to lower the minimum cull size from 3 inches to 2 1/2 inches, for oysters taken from clean cull areas or harvested from areas for direct consumption.

13. Continued Discussion and Decision regarding proposed amendments to Regulation 4 VAC 20-650-10, et seq., to establish the 2003/04 oyster harvest
rules. Deferred from the October 7 Commission meeting.

14. Continued Discussion and Decision regarding an industry proposal to modify Regulation 4 VAC 20-720-10 et seq., "Pertaining to Restrictions on Oyster Harvest", to allow for oyster harvest on a rock below the Rappahannock River Bridge. Deferred from the October 7 Commission meeting.

The meeting is on the 4th floor at 2600 Washington Ave. Newport News. Take I664 to the 26th street exit. The 2600 building is on the right at the second traffic light. Park in the lot across the street the first two hours are free afterwards it is about $0.50 per hour.) You do not have to sign up in advance to speak at public hearings. Public hearings and Public Comments are the only times that the public is allowed to address the Commission.

Tom
 
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