Menhaden fish; allowable catch for those landed in State, report. Emergency. (HB2254)

Introduced By

Del. Ed Scott (R-Culpeper)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Management of the menhaden fishery. Establishes a total allowable landings of 144,272.84 metric tons per year for Atlantic menhaden landed in Virginia by the purse seine menhaden reduction sector, the purse seine menhaden bait sector, and the non-purse seine menhaden bait sector. This legislation authorizes the Commission to establish and administer a limited entry purse seine menhaden bait license according to specific criteria. This total allowable landings represents a 20 percent reduction from the average 2009, 2010, and 2011 landings, as mandated by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Any overage of the total allowable landings in the current year will result in a reduction of the total allowable landings in the following year. The Commissioner may administer the interstate transfer of menhaden landings. The total allowable landings for menhaden shall be allocated in proportion to each sectors share of average landings in 2009, 2010, and 2011, with the Commission authorized to establish an individual transferrable quota system for any purse seine menhaden bait licensee according to specific requirements. Guidelines for the monitoring of all sectors of the menhaden fishery that may result in a closure of any or all sectors are established. Upon the closing of the non-purse seine sector, any person may possess and land up to 6,000 pounds of menhaden per day, and such landings shall be reported to the Commission but shall not count against the annual total allowable landings. All licensees of the three menhaden sectors shall report to the Commission according to the requirements established by the Commission. The Commission shall establish a biological sampling program to include development of an adult menhaden survey index from Virginia pound nets. License fees are established for the purse seine menhaden reduction and purse seine menhaden bait sectors, according to fees adjusted in 2005 as $249 for vessels under 70 gross tons and $996 for vessels over 70 gross tons. The Commission may limit the number of gear licenses or permits to fish, except for those licenses in the purse seine reduction sector. The annual menhaden harvest cap for the purse seine menhaden reduction sector shall be 87,216 metric tons, subject to annual adjustments for under-harvest or over-harvest of the cap. The bill contains a sunset date of January 1, 2015. The bill states that an emergency exists and that the bill is in force from its passage. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/15/2013Presented and ordered printed with emergency clause 13103677D
01/15/2013Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/16/2013Assigned ACNRsub: Chesapeake
01/17/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (5-Y 0-N)
01/23/2013Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2013Committee substitute printed 13104243D-H1
01/23/2013Incorporates HB1840
01/24/2013Read first time
01/25/2013Read second time
01/25/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104243D-H1
01/25/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2254H1
01/28/2013Read third time and passed House (98-Y 0-N 1-A)
01/28/2013VOTE: PASSAGE EMERGENCY (98-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/29/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/2013Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/07/2013Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2013Read third time
02/12/2013Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2254ER)
02/18/2013Signed by Speaker
02/19/2013Signed by President
02/21/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB2254ER)
03/25/2013Governor's recommendation received by House
04/02/2013Placed on Calendar
04/03/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 760 (effective 4/3/13)
04/03/2013House concurred in Governor's recommendation (95-Y 0-N)
04/03/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/03/2013G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/03/2013Reenrolled bill text (HB2254ER2)
04/03/2013Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/03/2013Signed by President as reenrolled
04/03/2013Enacted, Chapter 760 (effective 4/3/13)
04/03/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0760)


This bill mentions Chesapeake.


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 4 minutes.