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Virginia's Artificial Reef System

Here is an informational post about the future of reef fishing in Virginia.

Virginia Saltwater Sportfishing Association
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Virginia's Artificial Reef Program
Volunteers Needed
The Virginia Saltwater Sportfishing Association (VSSA) is forming an exploratory committee to determine the feasibility of VSSA, as a non-profit, to restart, rebuild, and fund Virginia's artificial reef program.  VMRC is the lead state agency but year after year VMRC has been subjected to budget cuts just like all state agencies has in the past.  Our license funds keep the program going but now only minimal effort and funding is taking place at the state level.  We see other states building more inshore and offshore reefs yet Virginia remains stagnant in this area.  This committee will be a no more than 6 month effort to put together a plan of action on how (and if) VSSA can assist our state agencies for the artificial reef program.  This exploratory committee will:

 1.  Determine the feasibility of a non-profit (VSSA) leading efforts to rebuild - restart the Virginia Artificial Reef Program.

2.  Layout the local, state, and federal regulatory requirements for such a program.

3.  Explore options for funding and leveraging contracts / contractors for reef material.

4.  Outline the manpower requirements (mostly volunteer) to achieve the goals.

5.  Outline (in broad terms) for new material for existing reefs and need for new reefs both inshore and offshore. 

6.  Write a plan of action for VSSA to consider taking action by the end of the 6 month effort.

VSSA is seeking volunteers to be a part of this committee who has the time to take on tasks and do the work needed.  We are not looking for individuals to simply offer advice but not willing to take on tasks.  This is not a program to just benefit Hampton Roads rather the reef program, if executed properly benefits all locations on the Chesapeake Bay and Coastal areas of the entire state.  The first meeting will be via teleconference on Tuesday July 17, 2018 at 7 pm.   If you are interested in serving on this committee please respond with Name, Phone Number, and email address.  You will be provided with the instructions on how to participate in the teleconference. 

 VSSA believes there is so much more Virginia can do to have a robust reef program that can provide an essential habitat for a variety of fish species but can also be a great benefit to anglers.  But to pull this off we need a strong network of hard working volunteers willing to rollup their sleeves to get the job done. If we do not have enough volunteers, we cannot attempt such an endeavor.  Your help is need to make a difference. 
Mike Avery
Virginia Saltwater Sportfishing Association (VSSA)
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P.O. Box 28898
Henrico, VA 23228
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