Summer flounder; Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to allow options for harvest. (HJ96)

Introduced By

Del. Mike Watson (R-Williamsburg) with support from 8 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Gordon Helsel (R-Poquoson), Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Rick Morris (R-Carrollton), Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding), Del. Margaret Ransone (R-Kinsale), Del. David Yancey (R-Newport News), Del. Joseph Yost (R-Blacksburg), Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission; summer flounder harvest.  Requests the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to allow Virginia's recreational fishermen to harvest summer flounder that are smaller than the current 19-inch minimum size limit. Read the Bill »


02/28/2012: Passed the Senate


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12102126D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/18/2012Assigned ACNRsub: Chesapeake
02/02/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
02/08/2012Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE ADOPTION (95-Y 2-N)
02/10/2012Taken up
02/10/2012Committee amendments agreed to
02/10/2012Passed by for the day
02/13/2012Taken up
02/13/2012Amendments by Delegate Watson agreed to
02/13/2012Engrossed by House as amended HJ96E
02/13/2012Printed as engrossed 12102126D-E
02/13/2012Agreed to by House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/13/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2012Reading waived
02/14/2012Referred to Committee on Rules
02/24/2012Reported from Rules
02/27/2012Reading waived (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2012Read third time
02/28/2012Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
02/29/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HJ96ER)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 3 minutes.


Edward Smith writes:

It is about time. I have written the VMRC numberous times about the mortality of the throw backs due to size restrictions. I watch party boats throw back hundreds of undersize fish that just become shark feed due to gut hooking. This is a welcome surprise.