Maryland Proposed Fishing Regulations

This is a summary of regulatory proposals submitted by Fisheries Service. Consult the Maryland Register, Code of Maryland Regulations and Natural Resources Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland for full legal text. If you have questions regarding the proposed regulations, please e- mail them to the Regulatory Staff.

Fisheries Service welcomes public comment on proposed regulations. However, only comments entered during the official public comment period specified under the State Government Article, Title 10, Annotated Code of Maryland become part of the official regulatory record. The official public comment period is 30 days after publication in the Maryland Register. Receiving comments on the proposal provides the Department with invaluable information and perspectives that may be incorporated into content or editorial changes. The Maryland Register notice will provide contact information where all official public comments may be sent.

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Proposal Subject Emergency or Permanent Sent for Publication Date MD Register Issue Date Hearing Date Public Comment Deadline Scheduled Effective Date
Power Dredge – Talbot County Study Zone Permanent July 26, 2010 August 13, 2010 None September 13, 2010 WITHDRAWN

The purpose of this action is to establish a power dredge study zone. An area of Talbot County in the Choptank River outside the mouth of the Tred Avon River is being newly opened to power dredging to study the impacts of the power dredge fishery on oyster populations. The area was selected with input from the industry, is currently not productive, and represents a range of salinities typical for oysters in Maryland. The area is currently closed to power dredging, and upon opening it will be monitored for at least 5 years to determine if power dredging is beneficial, detrimental, or has no impact to oyster populations. The results of this study will be used to help determine whether additional areas should be opened to power dredging or if the Department should reconsider areas in which this gear is presently allowed.

*WITHDRAWN- Please see Nov. 19 Maryland Register for withdrawal notice.

Public comments may be submitted via fax, 410-260-8310 or email comments to the Regulatory Staff.


Proposal Subject Emergency or Permanent Sent for Publication Date MD Register Issue Date Hearing Date Public Comment Deadline Scheduled Effective Date
Commercial Point System Permanent August 23, 2010 September 10, 2010 None October 12, 2010 November 15, 2010

The purpose of this action is to add new points to the commercial fishing license penalty system. The proposed action adds points for two new regulations including: harvesting crabs with a frozen license (Tier II – 10 points and 30 day suspension) and harvesting female crabs with a male only limited crab catcher license (Tier II – 10 points and 30 day suspension). The action also adds points for two proposed regulations, as proposed in the July 2, 2010 Maryland Register, for being in a prohibited area for clamming including a natural oyster bar, leased area, public shellfish fishery area or sanctuary (Tier I – 5 points, no suspension for 150 feet or less in the area and Tier II – 10 points, 30 day suspension for more than 150 feet in the area), and failure to sell oysters to a buy station (Tier II – 10 points and 30 day suspension).

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Proposal Subject Emergency or Permanent Sent for Publication Date MD Register Issue Date Hearing Date Public Comment Deadline Scheduled Effective Date
Black Sea Bass Recreational Season Emergency Effective Sept. 15th 2010 - - - - -

The purpose of the emergency action is to amend the recreational season for catching black sea bass. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published the final rule for the recreational management measures (size limit, possession limit and season) for the black sea bass fishery in the Federal Register (Vol. 75, No. 103) on July 8, 2010. The rule became effective August 9, 2010. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has recommended that states adopt the federal measures. Maryland already complies with the 12 ½ inch minimum size and the possession limit of 25 fish so those provisions are not being changed. The proposed action changes the recreational season from being open year round to being open only May 22 – October 11 and November 1 – December 31. If the Department does not adopt the federal dates, Maryland will be out of compliance with ASMFC. If Maryland is out of compliance, ASMFC can recommend to the Secretary of NMFS to make a determination to close Maryland's fishery.

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Proposal Subject Emergency or Permanent Sent for Publication Date MD Register Issue Date Hearing Date Public Comment Deadline Scheduled Effective Date
Clam Harvest Reporting Permanent June 29, 2010 July 16, 2010 None Aug 16, 2010 Sept 20, 2010

The purpose of the action is to add the monthly softshell and hardshell clamming reports to the reporting penalty system. These reports will be used to track clam harvest. With the expansion of oyster sanctuaries to include clamming bottom, it is important that the Department carefully tracks clam harvest and penalizes those individuals who do not provide harvest reports. The action also clarifies existing text to aid the Department in administering the provisions of the regulation.

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Proposal Subject Emergency or Permanent Sent for Publication Date MD Register Issue Date Hearing Date Public Comment Deadline Scheduled Effective Date
Bramleigh Oyster Harvest Reserve Area Permanent June 29, 2010 July 16, 2010 None Aug 16, 2010 Sept 20, 2010

The Bramleigh Creek Reserve is being created at the request of the St. Mary's County Oyster Committee to protect resources which have been planted in the area for future harvest. The Department's goal for the harvest reserves is to restore reserved oyster bars, contribute to the health of the Bay and maintain the oyster industry. The action names one area, Bramleigh, as a harvest reserve. This area will be closed by public notice, planted with oyster seed and occasionally opened for harvest when criteria set by the State have been met.

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Proposal Subject Emergency or Permanent Sent for Publication Date MD Register Issue Date Hearing Date Public Comment Deadline Scheduled Effective Date
Oyster Restoration and Aquaculture Development Plan Proposed Regulations 2010 Permanent 6/14/10 7/2/10 Hearing Dates 8/16/10 9/6/10

In order to implement Governor Martin O'Malley's Oyster Restoration and Aquaculture Development Plan as authorized by Ch. 173, Acts of 2009, the Department is proposing five regulatory packages. Click here to read entire statement of purpose.

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Proposal Subject Emergency or Permanent Sent for Publication Date MD Register Issue Date Hearing Date Public Comment Deadline Scheduled Effective Date
Latent LCC License Upgrades Permanent May 23, 2010 May 21, 2010 June 2 and 10, 2010 June 21, 2010 July 26, 2010

This regulatory action establishes the conditions for certain individuals holding a designated 'male-only' or 'frozen' Limited Crab Catcher (LCC) license to upgrade to an unlimited Tidal Fish License (TFL). By prior regulation, the Department designated approximately 650 LCC licenses as 'latent' and required that these license holders declare their LCC to be male-only or frozen. The intent of this regulation was to prevent some fraction of these inactive licenses from re-entering the fishery and placing additional harvest pressure on female crabs during the time period that the population is rebuilding. The management benefits would be compromised if all latent LCC holders were able to upgrade to a TFL and exert greater harvest pressure on female crabs. License holders with a TFL are able to fish 300 crab pots rather than 50 pots. The Department estimates that approximately 150 of the individuals with a 'latent' LCC hold or are in the process of acquiring additional license authorizations through the Departmental Apprenticeship Program or through approved permanent business or family transfers. The Department has determined that upgrades by these individuals already in the process of acquiring additional authorizations will not compromise the management objective. Therefore, only those individuals who meet the following requirements by April 6, 2010 will be allowed to use a male-only or frozen LCC license to upgrade to a TFL beginning in the 2010-2011 renewal period:

  1. possess a male-only or frozen LCC and at least two additional commercial fishing authorizations, or
  2. possess a male-only or frozen LCC and before April 6, 2010 have entered into the process of acquiring two additional authorizations through the DNR apprenticeship program or through approved permanent or business transfer, or
  3. possess a male-only or frozen LCC and one additional authorization and before April 6, 2010 have entered into the process of acquiring one additional authorization through the DNR apprenticeship program or through approved permanent or business transfer.


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Proposal Subject Emergency or Permanent Sent for Publication Date MD Register Issue Date Hearing Date Public Comment Deadline Scheduled Effective Date
Summer Flounder Emergency and Permanent March 24, 2010 May 7, 2010 None June 7, 2010 Emergency April 19, 2010. Permanent July 12, 2010

The purpose of this action is to amend recreational and commercial summer flounder regulations. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has required the state of Maryland to reduce the harvest in its recreational fishery by 23.6% as a result of the 2009 estimated overage. Maryland will have a recreational target of 75,000 fish in 2010 and proposes to adjust the minimum size limits and fishing season in order to achieve this reduction. Several options were discussed with user groups and advisory commissions and the option chosen lengthens the season and protects the fishing-tourism industry from losing customers to Delaware. This is the first year that Chesapeake Bay and coastal size limits will be the same. ASMFC has recommended this change because split size limits for flounder do not allow for adequate monitoring of required harvest reductions.

Specifically, the proposed action changes the recreational size limit to 19 inches; removes the separate size limits for the Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay fisheries; changes the season dates; and in order to reduce enforcement and user conflict, changes the commercial hook and line size limit to correspond with recreational size limits.

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Public comments may be submitted via fax, 410-260-8310 or email comments to the Regulatory Staff.


Proposal Subject Emergency or Permanent Sent for Publication Date MD Register Issue Date Hearing Date Public Comment Deadline Scheduled Effective Date
Weakfish Emergency and Permanent March 19, 2010 April 23, 2010 No Hearing Scheduled May 24, 2010 Emergency April 19, 2010. Permanent June 28, 2010

The purpose of the proposed action is to make changes in the management of weakfish in response to a depleted population. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission approved Addendum IV to Amendment 4 of the Weakfish Fishery Management Plan in November 2009. Amendment 4 was originally developed in 2002 to regulate a recovered weakfish fishery. Unfortunately, this recovery did not continue after the development of this amendment and the stock underwent a steady decline. This addendum responds to results of the most recent weakfish stock assessment. The assessment indicated that weakfish abundance had declined markedly, total mortality was high, non-fishing (natural) mortality has recently increased and depleted the stock to a very low level. The peer-review panel agreed with the assessment's findings, concluding that the current level of fishery removals worsens the decline in abundance. Maryland has chosen a more restrictive approach than required in Addendum IV that is consistent with the depleted status of the population and its fisheries in Maryland. The proposed management options are intended to slow the decline and poise the stock for recovery when natural mortality decreases.

Specifically, the proposed action creates a new creel limit for the recreational fishery and reduces the commercial fisheries, except hook and line, to bycatch only. The proposed action changes the commercial fishery by simplifying a complex, yet largely meaningless, commercial season structure; making all fisheries except commercial hook-and-line subject to a legal-sized weakfish bycatch provision at all times; and establishes a season for commercial hook and line because harvesters are not permitted to harvest any weakfish as bycatch. Up to 100 pounds of legal-sized weakfish will be allowed in the Atlantic Ocean and up to 50 pounds will be allowed in Chesapeake Bay provided equal poundage of other species are present on board the vessel. A 50 pound bycatch limit was chosen for Chesapeake Bay that is more in line with actual catches and is consistent with the Potomac River Fisheries Commission trip limit.

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Proposal Subject Emergency or Permanent Sent for Publication Date MD Register Issue Date Hearing Date Public Comment Deadline Scheduled Effective Date
Update License Targets Permanent March 19, 2010 April 23, 2010 No Hearing Scheduled May 24, 2010 Withdrawn

The purpose of this action is to modify the number of commercial fishing license authorization targets. Modifications to the authorization targets will reflect the number of license conversions made in both 2008 and 2009 license years. There were 9 license holders that converted to a TFL in 2008 and 9 converted in 2009. The number and type of licenses relinquished provide the basis for changes to license target levels.

The total number of license conversions (18) for 2008 and 2009 will be added to the number of TFL authorizations. Each specific authorization target will be decreased by the number of total specific authorizations relinquished. Specific authorizations that had no conversions in 2008 and 2009 remain unchanged.

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Proposal Subject Emergency or Permanent Sent for Publication Date MD Register Issue Date Hearing Date Public Comment Deadline Scheduled Effective Date
Snapper Grouper Regulations Permanent March 19, 2010 April 23, 2010 No Hearing Scheduled May 24, 2010 June 28, 2010

The purpose of this action is to create harvest limits in order to promote the conservation of these species and sustainability of the fishery. The snapper grouper fishery is a complex of many fish species which are currently managed by the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (SAFMC) and individual states in the south Atlantic. The population of the complex has been declining in most of the range. The SAFMC currently is considering expanding the range of management jurisdiction for species in the snapper grouper complex into the mid-Atlantic. If that occurs, it is possible that Maryland's entire fishery would be eliminated. The Mid-Atlantic Management Council is in the process of working with the SAFMC to establish a separate, northern management unit and has proposed co-management of these species. The change would be addressed through an amendment to the SAFMC Fisheries Management Plan. SAFMC has proposed conservation measures for their areas of jurisdiction. Virginia responded to management needs by adopting new regulations for recreational and commercial fisheries. Currently, there are no requirements for management of this complex in Maryland; however, the Department is choosing to be responsible and proactive by proposing that the snapper grouper complex be added to the list of species in need of conservation and by proposing to implement the measures in this proposal that are compatible with SAFMC measures.

Specifically, the proposed action establishes three management groups for the species in the snapper grouper complex. The groups are tilefish, grouper and other. The action creates a recreational creel limit of seven fish for tilefish (including blueline tilefish, golden tilefish, and sand tilefish), one fish for grouper (including black grouper, gag grouper, goliath grouper, graysby, misty grouper, nassau grouper, red grouper, red hind, rock hind, scamp, snowy grouper, speckled hind, tiger grouper, warsaw grouper, wreckfish, yellowedge grouper, yellowfin grouper, and yellowmouth grouper), and 20 fish for any combination of the remaining species in the snapper grouper complex. The proposed action also establishes a commercial landing limit of 300 pounds for tilefish, 175 pounds for grouper and provides for an exemption for a fisherman in possession of a valid Golden Tilefish Individual Fishing Quota issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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Proposal Subject Emergency or Permanent Sent for Publication Date MD Register Issue Date Hearing Date Public Comment Deadline Scheduled Effective Date
Listing Snapper Grouper Complex In Need of Conservation Permanent March 19, 2010 April 23, 2010 No Hearing Scheduled May 24, 2010 June 28, 2010

The purpose of this action is to declare the group of fish that make up the Snapper Grouper Fishery in need of conservation in order to promote the conservation of these species and sustainability of the fishery.

The snapper grouper fishery is a complex of many fish species which are currently managed by the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (SAFMC) and individual states in the south Atlantic. The population of the complex has been declining in most of the range. The SAFMC currently is considering expanding the range of management jurisdiction for species in the snapper grouper complex into the mid-Atlantic. If that occurs, it is possible that Maryland's entire fishery would be eliminated. The Mid-Atlantic Management Council is in the process of working with the SAFMC to establish a separate, northern management unit and has proposed co-management of these species. The change would be addressed through an amendment to the SAFMC Fisheries Management Plan. SAFMC has proposed conservation measures for their areas of jurisdiction. Virginia responded to management needs by adopting new regulations for recreational and commercial fisheries. Currently, there are no requirements for management of this complex in Maryland; however, the Department is choosing to be responsible and proactive by proposing that the snapper grouper complex be added to the list of species in need of conservation and by proposing to implement the measures in this proposal that are compatible with SAFMC measures.

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Public comments may be submitted via fax, 410-260-8310 or email comments to the Regulatory Staff.


Proposal Subject Emergency or Permanent Sent for Publication Date MD Register Issue Date Hearing Date Public Comment Deadline Scheduled Effective Date
Recreational Striped Bass Catch and Release Restrictions Permanent Dec. 11, 2009 Jan. 4, 2010 Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 6pm at Calvary United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 301 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, Maryland 21401 Feb. 3, 2010 Mar. 22, 2010

The purpose of this action is to reduce the impact of catch and release fishing on pre-spawn female striped bass. The proposed action places restrictions on recreational angling for striped bass during the catch and release period of March 1 through the 3rd Friday of April. This action is needed to address a significant increase in fishing effort that has developed during the months of March and April since 2002, and the potential negative impacts of this fishery to the Atlantic coast population of striped bass. Specifically, there is concern about the sub-lethal (fish survives but doesn't spawn successfully) impacts of catch and release fishing on pre-spawn female striped bass, as well as an increase in direct mortality. There is uncertainty in the magnitude of these impacts. The Department is proposing this action as an initial precautionary measure to ensure adequate protection of pre-spawn female striped bass. These concerns and potential regulatory options were discussed on October 20, 2009 by the Sport and Tidal Fisheries Advisory Commissions. The Department considered comment from this meeting and presented refined regulatory options to the public at a scoping meeting on November 16, 2009. The proposed action takes into consideration comments received from the public.

The proposed action places restrictions in all open catch and release areas during the pre-spawn time period of March 1 through the third Friday in April. Specifically, the action prohibits the use of stinger hooks, requires barbless hooks to be used when trolling, requires the use of circle hooks or J hooks with a gap of less than ½" when using bait, and restricts boats to the use of no more than six lines when trolling, regardless of the number of individuals on board the vessel.

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Proposal Subject Emergency or Permanent Sent for Publication Date MD Register Issue Date Hearing Date Public Comment Deadline Scheduled Effective Date
Commercial Points System Permanent Nov. 30, 2009 Dec. 18, 2009 Jan. 7, 6pm, Talbot County Library – Main Library, 100 West Dover Street Easton, Maryland 21601 and Jan. 13, 6pm C-1, Tawes State Office Bldg., 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401 Jan. 19, 2010 Feb. 22, 2010

The purpose of this action is to implement a new administrative penalty system to deter violations of commercial fisheries laws pursuant to § 4-701(l) of the Natural Resources Article, Annotated Code of Maryland. Under current regulations, a tidal fish license (TFL) holder's privilege to participate in a fishery generally may not be suspended unless the licensee has been convicted of at least three violations of state fisheries law on separate days in a two-year period. This system has not effectively deterred commercial fishing violations. In calendar year 2008, 1,670 of the 3,940 (45%) of TFL holders who actively fished their licenses received a citation for violating the law. Recognizing the deficiencies of this system, in 2009 the General Assembly enacted Chapter 453 of the Laws of Maryland, which directs the Department to create an administrative penalty system based upon a single conviction of state fisheries law, requires enhanced administrative penalties for TFL holders who repeatedly violate the law or who violate laws intended to protect aquatic species of special concern, such as blue crab, oysters, and striped bass.

This action will establish a tiered point system and penalties comparable to administrative systems in other states. Certain convictions of state fisheries law are classified as Tier I, Tier II, or Tier III offenses depending upon the gravity of the violation. A number of minor violations are not included in any tier and have no administrative penalty. Tier I violations are basic violations of state fisheries law. A conviction for a Tier I violation receives 5 points, but no immediate suspension. Tier II violations impact a fishery resource in need of special protection or demonstrate a disregard for the law. Tier II convictions receive 10 points and a suspension for up to 30 days. Tier III convictions are serious violations that significantly impact the fishery or demonstrate a willful intent to break the law. Tier III convictions receive 15 points and a suspension for up to 60 days. Licensees who accumulate points for multiple convictions in any two year period will be subject to longer suspensions and eventually revocation.

This action will also remove antiquated procedures for contested case hearings before suspension of a TFL and includes provisions for settling cases before proceeding to a hearing.

The Department developed the proposed regulations in consultation with the Penalty Workgroup, which consists of members of the Tidal Fish Advisory Committee (TFAC) and the Sport Fish Advisory Committee (SFAC) and the Office of the Attorney General at the Department of Natural Resources.

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Proposal Subject Emergency or Permanent Sent for Publication Date MD Register Issue Date Hearing Date Public Comment Deadline Scheduled Effective Date
Commercial Reporting Suspension System Permanent Nov. 30, 2009 Dec. 18, 2009 Jan. 7, 6pm, Talbot County Library – Main Library, 100 West Dover Street Easton, Maryland 21601 and Jan. 13, 6pm C-1, Tawes State Office Bldg., 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401 Jan. 19, 2010 Feb. 22, 2010

The purpose of this action is to improve the timeliness of commercial fishing records that are submitted to the Department by establishing penalties for late submissions. The proposed regulations establish a consistent penalty framework for commercial watermen who have failed to submit monthly fishing reports within 50 days of the deadline on at least 2 occasions during any twelve month period. The proposed regulation will also allow the Department to deny an application for black sea bass, summer flounder, and horseshoe crab permits when a commercial fisherman has failed to submit previous permits by the deadline. The remaining provisions of this action clarify the required reports for certain species.

This action is necessary to ensure that the Department has a reliable stream of data to make important management decision. In the past many commercial watermen have waited until the end of the license year to submit their monthly fishing reports creating a huge backlog, which, in many cases, forces the Department to make management decisions with incomplete data. The suspension provisions in this regulation are consistent with Section 4-701(l)(3) of the Natural Resources Article, and will improve the flow of information submitted to the Department.

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Proposal Subject Emergency or Permanent Sent for Publication Date MD Register Issue Date Hearing Date Public Comment Deadline Scheduled Effective Date
Blue Crab Latent Effort and Housekeeping Permanent Oct. 27, 2009 Dec. 4, 2009 December 9, 2009 at 6pm at the Easton High School Cafeteria, 723 Mecklenburg Ave., Easton, MD and on Monday, December 14, 2009 at 6pm in Room 100, Center for Applied Learning and Technology Bldg., Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Ave., Arnold, MD Jan. 4, 2010 Feb. 8, 2010

The purpose of this action is to substantially reduce latent fishermen effort in the commercial Chesapeake Bay blue crab fishery so that they cannot enter the fishery so rapidly that the ability of Bay managers to constrain the harvest to the 46% target removal level is compromised. This course of action was a recommendation of the 2009 Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Advisory Report, authored by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee (CBSAC).

This proposal for 2010 again identifies licenses as inactive with the same criteria between 2004 and 2008. There are certain exemptions to being inactive such as military service, participation in the apprenticeship program, transferred licenses, and successful hardship appeals in 2008. As one mechanism to address the latent licenses, the Department initiated a license buy back program for LCCs in late summer 2009. There are approximately 700 inactive LCC licenses which have not been bought back by the Department. Inactive LCC holders will be able to participate in the buy back program until the funding is depleted. The proposal adjusts the license target number for LCCs based on the decrease due to the latent effort buy back program and due to additional licenses after issuance of apprenticeship permits and allows for additional adjustments with future buy backs.

The Department is proposing two additional options for LCC licenses that have been inactive during the years 2004-2008. The first option is for a licensee to declare the license frozen or inactive until the crab population reaches a target abundance level for three years. At this time, the Department will develop a process for re-entry of these LCC's to the fishery. Therefore, these licenses will not be 'taken away' but temporarily frozen. These licenses can be permanently transferred or left to a beneficiary during the frozen period or after, but will remain inactive during the frozen period. The second option is for a licensee to declare the LCC license as a limited license. The limited license will allow the licensee to harvest only male crabs and will only allow the licensee to transfer the license to a family member or leave it to a beneficiary. A limited license will not revert back to a full license regardless of the abundance of the crab population.

Additionally, this regulatory proposal clarifies that female peeler crabs may be used by anglers finfishing in the Chesapeake Bay as long as they are not crabbing and have the bill of sale for those female peelers in their possession.

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