Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
1. That § 28.2-305 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:
§ 28.2-305. Size of mesh and length and depth of certain nets; penalty.
A. It is unlawful for any person to use the following nets:
1. A pound net or a mullet gill net that is less than 200
yards long having a smaller mesh than two inches, stretched measure, after
having been tarred;
2. A haul seine longer than 1,000 yards and if over 200 yards
long having mesh less than three inches, stretched measure;
3. A mullet gill net deeper than forty meshes.
B. It is unlawful to set a pound net or other fixed fishing device on an established and presently used haul seine area, except that this provision shall not affect a pound net stand presently licensed.
C. A violation of this section is a Class 3 misdemeanor.