The state enacted the new regulations ahead of ones that will be handed down in 2020 by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which is looking for a nearly one-fifth reduction in the amount of fish taken. The commission cites continued overfishing by recreational and commercial fishermen as the reason.
The Virginia Marine Resources Commission in October cut the number of fish an angler can take each day from two to one. And that fish has to fit in a 20- to 36-inch slot — with the longer fish equating to anywhere from 25 to 35 pounds, depending on how fat they are.
Marinas, bait and tackle shops, gas stations, and restaurants all are reporting lower than usual sales this season.