Virginia fish management bill dies in committee


A bill to shift management of a small but important Chesapeake Bay fish from the Virginia General Assembly to a state regulatory agency died in committee on Monday.

The legislation was the final of several proposals to regulate a menhaden fishery that once operated from Maine to Florida but is now reduced to one commercial fleet: Omega Protein Inc. in Reedville. North Carolina still has the remnants of a small menhaden fishery

Virginia fish management bill dies in committee – Bloomberg


New fishing restrictions spawn lawsuit


A new restriction on catching nine fish species went into effect Monday.

It’s called Amendment 17B, and it sets annual catch limits on nine species of fish, including several grouper species.

It also closes an ocean area to fishing for six additional species in water deeper than 240 feet to protect the Warsaw grouper and speckled hind.

The closure extends from central North Carolina to south Florida.

New fishing restrictions spawn lawsuit : News :

Virginia Hunting, fishing license hikes proposed


The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF), facing decreasing license sales and a budget shortfall forecast for fiscal year 2014, has proposed an increase in hunting and fishing license fees that could take affect in July.

The proposals include an increase of up to $5 per license for in-state residents and as much as $50 per license for out-of-state residents.

The increases were suggested by department staff at the DGIF’s board of directors meeting Oct. 10, 2010. The board then decided to open the proposals to public comment for 120 days, from Dec. 16, 2010, to April 14, 2011.

Hunting, fishing license hikes proposed – Martinsville Bulletin

Va. oyster legislation creating waves


Tim McCulloch wants you to know that this story isn’t just about two rich neighbors feuding.

It’s about a clash that launched a bill that, if passed as proposed in Richmond, could affect a whole lot of waterfront property — which, frankly, could lead to a bunch of rich neighbors feuding.

The bill is one of a handful in this year’s General Assembly that deal with oysters, humble-looking creatures with rock-star status when it comes to their potential to restore the Chesapeake Bay.

Tommy Norment, a Republican senator representing parts of the Peninsula and beyond, stepped into a hornet’s nest when he introduced SB1190 on behalf of Greg Garrett, a real estate magnate who wants to grow oysters in cages in the waters around his $2.5 million York County mansion.

In essence, Norment’s bill would allow just about anyone with a shoreline to grow and harvest oysters — a sometimes smelly and unattractive business that many localities now restrict, mostly because it tends to tick off the neighbors in posh communities like Virginia Beach’s Linkhorn Bay or Little Neck Cove.

In York County, Garrett petitioned for up to 1,530 cages, each capable of holding about 500 mature oysters, which would make his operation one of the largest of its kind in Virginia.

“I’m passionate about the bay,” Garrett said. “A single oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day.”

McCulloch’s beef stems from the fact that Garrett intends to turn a profit on a venture that will place hundreds of oyster cages inside a small cove that’s overlooked by his own $2.5 million mansion.

McCulloch said he’s not only worried about his view — the floats and ropes and algae-covered cages that’ll be visible at low tide — but the other aspects of oyster farming as well, like the power washing of cages and the trucks that come and go.

“I supported the guy when I thought this thing was just a hobby,” McCulloch said, “but this is ridiculous. What if I had to sell my place? Who’d want to buy it with all that going on next door?”

Va. oyster legislation creating waves||Yorktown

Biologists to return seal to the Chesapeake Bay


Friday morning, local biologists returned a rehabilitated harbor seal to the Chesapeake Bay.

The seal, named “Puddy,” was underweight and had shark bites on the left side of his body.

Someone found him stranded south of the Little Island Fishing Pier in Sandbridge last month.

Biologists took him to the Virginia Aquarium’s Marine Animal Care Center .

They treated his wounds and made sure he had plenty of fish to eat.

Biologists to return seal to the Bay | | Virginia Beach

Reggie Fountain Announces RF Powerboats


o follow up on the announcement from Reggie Fountain—the founder and recently resigned chief operating officer of Fountain Powerboats in Washington, N.C.—that he was starting RF Powerboats, Powerboat’s Editor at Large Matt Trulio contacted Fountain by phone on Wednesday. He agreed to speak with Trulio, who writes a blog on, with the understanding that we would hold the interview until today.










Here’s what Fountain had to say:

So what is RF Powerboats?

RF Powerboats is Real Fast Powerboats. Right now, I can’t legally use Reggie Fountain as a name for a boat company, though it may eventually become known as that.

What are your plans?

We are going to be heavy into service, heavy into brokerage of boats and heavy into building boats. My first two boats will be a 43-foot sport boat, a greatly enhanced and up-tuned version of my 42 but just a hair larger, and a 39-foot center console, which will be an upgraded and up-tuned version of my 38. I haven’t upgraded the styling of either of those boats since 2004.

My third boat will be a 32-foot center console. I also plan on producing two cruisers—a 40-footer and a 50-footer. We have six boats sold so far.

Reggie Fountain Announces RF Powerboats

Ric Burnley – Kayak Angler Cold Water Outerwear Test


For years, kayak anglers have asked the question, “If I fall out of a kayak wearing waders, will I die?”  Well, the Fishcrazy kayak team decided to answer that question and film the results.  In the name of kayak safety, I suited up first in a drysuit, then in waders and a dry top, and finally in waders only and jumped into the 36-degree water of Chesapeake Bay.  Check out the video on youtube at  And yes, it was as cold as it looks…

Fish Crazy Ric Burnley