The Virginia Marine Resources Commission at its meeting on January 22, 2002 approved the following Emergency Chapter pursuant to its authority in Sections 28.2-507 and 28.2-210 of the Code of Virginia. The Emergency Chapter reads as follows:
VIRGINIA MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSION
"PERTAINING TO RESTRICTIONS ON OYSTER HARVEST"
EMERGENCY CHAPTER 4VAC 20-720-47 ET. SEQ.
This emergency chapter is promulgated pursuant to §§ 28.2-210 and 28.2-507 of the Code of Virginia and opens certain public oyster rocks in the Rappahannock River to the taking of oysters by hand scrape. This opening of additional public rocks in the Rappahannock River for harvesting oysters by hand scrape is established in an effort to allow the watermen to continue harvesting clean cull size oysters to meet the demands of the market. The effective date of this emergency chapter is February 1, 2002. This emergency chapter shall terminate on March 1, 2002.
4VAC 20-720-47 SPECIAL PUBLIC OYSTER HARVEST SEASON:
A. All public oyster rocks on the southside of the channel in the Rappahannock River, in an area above the Route 3 Bridge and upriver to Smokey Point, are open to the harvesting of oysters by hand scrape only.
The season for the harvesting of oysters from this area is February 1, 2002 through February 28, 2002.
B. All other applicable laws and regulations for harvesting oysters from public oyster grounds shall apply during this special harvest season.
For further information please contact Dr. James Wesson, Conservation and Replenishment Dept., 757-247-2121.