2014 Fish, Non-Game Wildlife, and Boating Biennial Regulation Review
and Amendment Process

Public Comment Period on the Regulatory Proposals:
May 12 - June 20, 2014

The comment period has closed.

On April 8, 2014 the Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries proposed amendments to regulations governing freshwater fish, fishing, non-game wildlife (that is, wildlife that is not hunted, fished, or trapped), and boating.

A public comment period on the regulatory proposals opened May 12, 2014 and closes at 5:00 PM on June 20, 2014. The Board will consider the proposals for possible adoption as final regulation amendments at its July 8, 2014 meeting. Written comments on the proposed regulation amendments must include the commenter's name, address, and telephone number and be received no later than June 20, 2014. They should be submitted online at www.dgif.virginia.gov, or may be emailed to regcomments@dgif.virginia.gov or postal mailed to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Attn. Policy Analyst and Regulatory Coordinator, 4016 West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23230, and received no later than June 20, 2014.

Regulation 4VAC15-20.
Definitions and Miscellaneous: In General.

4VAC15-20-50Definitions; "wild animal," "native animal," "naturalized animal," "nonnative (exotic) animal" and "domestic animal."

Regulation 4VAC15-30.
Definitions and Miscellaneous: Importation, Possession, Sale, Etc., of Animals.

4VAC15-30-10Possession, importation, sale, etc., of wild animals.

Regulation 4VAC15-320.
Fish: Fishing Generally

4VAC15-320-25Creel and length limits.
4VAC15-320-60Approval required to stock fish into inland waters.
4VAC15-320-120Special daily permit for fishing in Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Douthat State Park Lake and Crooked and Wilson Creeks.
4VAC15-320-150Shooting certain fish in Clinch River in Scott County.

Regulation 4VAC15-330.
Fish: Trout Fishing.

4VAC15-330-150Special provision applicable to Stewarts Creek Trout Management Area; certain portions of Dan, Rapidan, South Fork Holston and Staunton rivers, the East Fork of Chestnut Creek, Roaring Fork, North Creek, Spring Run, Venrick Run, Brumley Creek, and their tributaries.

Regulation 4VAC15-340.
Fish: Seines and Nets.

4VAC15-340-40Dip nets; generally.
4VAC15-340-60Seines, traps and nets prohibited in certain areas.

Regulation 4VAC15-350.
Fish: Gigs, Grab Hooks, Trotlines, Snares, Etc.

4VAC15-350-60Trotlines, juglines or set poles.

Regulation 4VAC15-360.
Fish: Aquatic Invertebrates, Amphibians, Reptiles, and Nongame Fish.

4VAC15-360-10Taking aquatic invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, and nongame fish for private use.

Regulation 4VAC15-450.
Watercraft: Commercial Parasail Operations.

4VAC15-450-30Commercial parasailing activities.