Virginia Pound Net Regulated Area Map & GIS Data

Map depicting where pound net regulations are in place in Virginia state waters.


Pound net regulations were enacted to protect sea turtles. Offshore leaders in Virginia state waters and all nearshore pound net leaders must have stretched mesh less than 12 inches and must not use stringers from May 6 through July 15 under the Endangered Species Act’s implementing regulations.

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 05/22/2020

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