The Virginia Marine Resources Commission invites public comment on the establishment of amendments to the regulations, as proposed below. By September 12, 2016, the proposed draft regulations may be viewed at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia.
In accordance with Section 28.2-209 of the Code of Virginia, a public hearing on the proposed amendments to these regulations will be held no earlier than 12:00 noon, on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia. Public comments on the proposals should be provided to Robert L. O’Reilly, VMRC Fisheries Management Division, 2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Newport News, Virginia 23607, by 12:00 p.m., Monday, September 26, 2016.
I. Chapter 4 VAC 20-650-10 et seq., “Establishment of Oyster Sanctuary Areas”
The Commission proposes to amend Chapter 4 VAC 20-650-10 et seq., “Establishment of Oyster Sanctuary Areas,” to prohibit any person from possessing any hand scrape, dredge or patent tong gear that could be used to harvest shellfish on public or unassigned grounds, within 100 feet of any oyster sanctuary area.
The purpose of this amendment is to promote efficiency in the utilization of oyster resources.
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