New Law To Protect Commercial Fishermen

The Virginia General Assembly passed HB 928, a bill aimed at safeguarding commercial fishermen from harassment at sea. Sponsored by Delegate Hillary Pugh Kent, the bill increases penalties for interfering with commercial fishing activities, with violators facing jail time and hefty fines. The legislation follows a clash between a jet skier and menhaden fishing crew, prompting concerns about safety and maritime disruption. Supported by the Virginia Waterman’s Association, the bill aims to deter reckless behavior and protect the livelihoods of watermen. Governor Glenn Youngkin is expected to sign the bill into law.