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CHAPTER:  PERTAINING TO RESTRICTIONS ON OYSTER HARVEST

VIRGINIA MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSION
"PERTAINING TO RESTRICTIONS ON OYSTER HARVEST"
CHAPTER 4VAC 20-720-10 ET. SEQ.


PREAMBLE

This chapter establishes times of closure and other restrictions, for conservation purposes, on the harvest of oysters from all oyster grounds in the tidal waters of the Commonwealth.  This chapter is promulgated pursuant to authority contained in §§ 28.2-201, 28.2-518, and 28.2-507 of the Code of Virginia.  This chapter amends and re-adopts, as amended, previous Chapter 4VAC20-720-10 et seq., which was adopted August 27, 2013 and effective October 1, 2013.  The effective date of this chapter, as amended, is November 1, 2013.

4VAC20-720-10.  Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to conserve Virginia's oyster resources, especially oyster broodstock.

4VAC20-720-20.  Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise: 

“Aid to navigation” means any public or private day beacon, lighted channel marker, channel buoy, lighted channel buoy, or lighthouse that may be at, or adjacent to, any Latitude and Longitude used in area descriptions.

"Coan River Area" means that area of the Coan River inside of Public Grounds 77 and 78 of Northumberland County.
[Coan River Map

Public Ground 77 of Northumberland County is located near the mouth of the Coan River, beginning at a point approximately 2300 feet northeast of Honest Point and 1300 feet southwest of Travis Point, said point being Corner 1, located at Latitude 37° 59.5257207’ N., Longitude 76° 27.8810639’ W.; thence southwesterly to Corner 2, Latitude 37° 59.3710259’ N., Longitude 76° 27.9962148’ W.; thence southwesterly to Corner 3, Latitude 37° 59.2953830’ N., Longitude 76° 28.0468953’ W.; thence northwesterly to Corner 4, Latitude 37° 59.3350863’ N., Longitude 76° 28.0968837’ W.; thence northeasterly to Corner 5, Latitude 37° 59.3965161’N., Longitude 76° 28.0287342’ W.; thence northwesterly to Corner 6, Latitude 37° 59.4758507’ N., Longitude 76° 28.1112280’ W.; thence north-northwesterly to Corner 7, Latitude 37° 59.5079401’ N., Longitude 76° 28.1230058’ W.; thence northeasterly to Corner 8, Latitude 37° 59.5579153’ N., Longitude 76° 27.9889429’ W.; thence southeasterly to Corner 1, said corner being the point of beginning.

Public Ground 78 of Northumberland County is located near the mouth of the Coan River, beginning at a point approximately 3,420 feet southeast of Travis Point and 3,260 feet northwest of Great Point, said point being Corner 1, located at Latitude 37° 59.4822275’ N., Longitude 76° 27.1878637’ W.; thence southeasterly to Corner 2, Latitude 37° 59.3824046’ N., Longitude 76° 27.1088650’ W.; thence southwesterly to Corner 3, Latitude 37°59.2283287’ N., Longitude 76° 27.8632901’ W.; thence northeasterly to Corner 4, Latitude 37° 59.4368502’ N., Longitude 76° 27.6868001’ W.; thence continuing northeasterly to Corner 5, Latitude 37° 59.5949216’ N., Longitude 76°27.5399436’ W.; thence southeasterly to Corner 1, said corner being the point of beginning.

“Deep Rock Area” means all Public Grounds and unassigned grounds, in that area of the Chesapeake Bay near Gwynn Island, beginning at Cherry Point at the western-most point of the eastern headland of Kibble Pond located at Latitude 37° 30.9802148’ N., Longitude 76° 17.6764393’ W.; thence northeasterly to the Piankatank River, Flashing Green Channel Light “3”, Latitude 37° 32.3671325’ N., Longitude 76° 16.7038334’ W.; thence east-southeasterly to the Rappahannock River Entrance Lighted Buoy G“1R”, Latitude 37° 32.2712833’ N., Longitude 76° 11.4813666’ W.; thence southwesterly to the southern-most point of Sandy Point, the northern headland of “The Hole in the Wall”, Latitude 37° 28.1475258’ N., Longitude 76° 15.8185670’ W.; thence northwesterly along the Chesapeake Bay mean low water line of the barrier islands of Milford Haven, connecting headland to headland at their eastern-most points, and of Gwynn Island to the western-most point of the eastern headland of Kibble Pond on Cherry Point, said point being the point of beginning.

“Deep Water Shoal State Replenishment Seed Area (DWS)” means that area in the James River near Mulberry Island, beginning at a point approximately 530 feet west of Deep Water Shoal Light, said point being Corner 1, located at Latitude 37° 08.9433287’ N., Longitude 76° 38.3213007’ W.; thence southeasterly to Corner 2, Latitude 37° 09.5734380’ N., Longitude 76° 37.8300582’ W.; thence southwesterly to Corner 3, Latitude 37° 08.9265524’ N., Longitude 76° 37.0574269’ W.; thence westerly to Corner 4, Latitude 37° 08.4466039 N., Longitude 76° 37.4523346’ W.; thence northwesterly to Corner 5, Latitude 37° 08.4491489’ N., Longitude 76° 38.0215553’ W.; thence northeasterly to Corner 1, said corner being the point of beginning.
[Deep Water Shoal Seed Area Map]

“Great Wicomico River Area” means all public grounds and unassigned grounds, in that area of the Great Wicomico River, Ingram Bay, and the Chesapeake Bay, beginning at a point on Sandy Point, Latitude 37° 49.3269652’ N., Longitude 76° 18.3821766’ W.; thence easterly to the southern-most point of Cockrell Point, Latitude 37° 49.2664838’ N., Longitude 76° 17.3454434’ W.; thence easterly following the mean low water line of Cockrell Point to a point on the boundary of Public Ground 115 at Cash Point, Latitude 37° 49.2695619’ N., Longitude 76° 17.2804046’ W.; thence southeasterly to the gazebo on the pierhead at Fleets Point, Latitude 37° 48.7855824’ N., Longitude 76° 16.9609311’ W.; thence southeasterly to the Great Wicomico Lighthouse; thence due south to a point due east of the southern-most point of Dameron Marsh, Latitude 37° 46.6610003’ N., Longitude 76° 16.0570007’ W.; thence due east to the southern-most point of Dameron Marsh, Latitude 37° 46.6609070’ N., Longitude 76° 17.2670707’ W.; thence along the mean low water line of Dameron Marsh, north and west to Garden Point, Latitude 37° 47.2519872’ N., Longitude 76° 18.4028142’ W.; thence northwesterly to Windmill Point, Latitude 37° 47.5194547’ N., Longitude 76° 18.7132194’ W.; thence northerly along the mean low water to the western headland of Harveys Creek, Latitude 37° 47.7923573’N., Longitude 76° 18.6881450’ W.; thence east-southeasterly to the eastern headland of Harveys Creek, Latitude 37° 47.7826936’ N., Longitude 76° 18.5469879’ W.; thence northerly along the mean low water line, crossing the entrance to Towels Creek at the offshore ends of the jetties and continuing to Bussel Point, Latitude 37° 48.6879208’ N., Longitude 76° 18.4670860’ W.; thence northwesterly to the northern headland of Cranes Creek, Latitude 37° 48.8329168’ N., Longitude 76° 18.7308073’ W.; thence following the mean low water line northerly to a point on Sandy Point, said point being the point of beginning.

"Hand scrape" means any device or instrument with a catching bar having an inside measurement of no more than 22 inches, which is used or usable for the purpose of extracting or removing shellfish from a water bottom or the bed of a body of water. 

“Hand tong” or “ordinary tong” means any pincers, nippers, tongs, or similar device used in catching oysters, which consist of two shafts or handles attached to opposable and complementary pincers, baskets or containers operated entirely by hand, from the surface of the water and has no external or internal power source. 

“James River Area” means those Public Grounds of the James River and Nansemond River west of the Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel (Route I-664), northeast of the Mills E. Godwin, Jr. Bridge (U.S. Route 17) on the Nansemond River, and south of the James River Bridge (U.S. Route 17). 

“Latitude and Longitude” means values that are based upon a geodetic reference system of the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83). When Latitude and Longitude are used in any area description, in conjunction with any physical landmark, to include aids to navigation, the Latitude and Longitude value is the legal point defining the boundary.

“Little Wicomico River” means that area of the Little Wicomico River inside of Public Ground 43 of Northumberland County, located in the Little Wicomico River near Bridge Creek, beginning at a point approximately 150 feet north of Peachtree Point, said point being Corner 1, located at Latitude 37° 53.2910650’ N., Longitude 76° 16.7312926’ W.; thence southwesterly to Corner 2, Latitude 37° 53.2601877’ N., Longitude 76° 16.8662408’ W.; thence northwesterly to Corner 3, Latitude 37° 53.2678470’ N., Longitude 76°16.8902408’ W.; thence northeasterly to Corner 4, Latitude 37° 53.3113148’ N., Longitude 76° 16.8211543’ W.; thence southeasterly to Corner 1, said corner being the point of beginning.
[Little Wicomico River Map

“Milford Haven” means that area of Milford Haven inside of Public Ground 7 of Mathews County, beginning at a point approximately 1,380 feet east of Point Breeze, said point being Corner 1, located at Latitude 37° 28.3500000’ N., Longitude 76° 16.5000000’ W.; thence northeasterly to Corner 2, Latitude 37° 28.3700000’ N., Longitude 76° 16.4700000’ W.; thence southeasterly to Corner 3, Latitude 37° 28.3500000’ N., Longitude 76° 16.4200000’ W.; thence southwesterly to Corner 4, Latitude 37° 28.3200000’ N., Longitude 76° 16.4500000’ W.; thence northwesterly to Corner 1, said corner being the point of beginning.
[Milford Haven Map]

“Mobjack Bay Area” means those areas of Mobjack Bay consisting of Public Ground 25 of Gloucester County (Tow Stake) and that portion of Public Ground 2 of Mathews County known as Pultz Bar described as:
[Mobjack Bay Tow Stake Map] [Mobjack Bay Pultz Bar Map]

Public Ground 25 of Gloucester County, known as Tow Stake, is located in Mobjack Bay, near the mouth of the Severn River, beginning at a point approximately 2,880 feet east-northeast of Tow Stake Point, said point being Corner 1, located at Latitude 37° 20.3883888’ N., Longitude 76° 23.5883836’ W.; thence northeasterly to Corner 2, Latitude 37° 30.5910482’ N., Longitude 76° 23.2372184’ W.; thence southeasterly to Corner 3, Latitude 37° 20.3786971’ N., Longitude 76° 22.7241180’ W.; thence southwesterly to Corner 4, Latitude 37° 19.8616759’ N., Longitude 76° 23.5914937’ W.; thence northwesterly to Corner 5, Latitude 37° 20.0284019’ N., Longitude 76° 23.7717423’ W.; thence northeasterly to Corner 1, said corner being the point of beginning.

Public Ground 2 of Mathews County, known as Pultz Bar, is located in Mobjack Bay, beginning at a point approximately 5,420 feet south of Minter Point, said point being Corner 1, located at Latitude 37° 21.2500000’ N., Longitude 76° 21.3700000’ W.; thence easterly to Corner 2, Latitude 37° 21.2700000’ N., Longitude 76° 20.9600000’ W.; thence southerly to Corner 3, Latitude 37° 21.0200000’ N., Longitude 76° 20.9400000’ W.; thence westerly to Corner 4, Latitude 37° 21.0500000’ N., Longitude 76° 21.3300000’ W.; thence northerly to Corner 1, said corner being the point of beginning.

“Nomini Creek Area” means that area of Nomini Creek inside of Public Grounds 26 and 28 of Westmoreland County.
[Nomini Creek Public Ground 26] [Nomini Creek Public Ground 28]

Public Ground 26 of Westmoreland County is located in Nomini Creek, north of Beales Wharf and east of Barnes Point, beginning at a point approximately 1,400 feet north of Barnes Point, said point being Corner 1, located at Latitude 38° 07.2690219’ N., Longitude 76° 42.6784210’ W.; thence southeasterly to Corner 2, Latitude 38° 07.0924060’ N., Longitude 76° 42.4745767’ W.; thence southwesterly to Corner 3, Latitude 38° 06.8394053’ N., Longitude 76° 42.6704025’ W.; thence northwesterly to Corner 4, Latitude 38° 06.8743004’ N., Longitude 76° 42.7552151’ W.; thence northeasterly to Corner 5, Latitude 38° 07.0569717’ N., Longitude 76° 42.5603535’ W.; thence northwesterly to Corner 1, said corner being the point of beginning.

Public Ground 28 of Westmoreland County is located at the mouth of Nomini Creek, beginning at a point approximately 50 feet west of White Oak Point, said point being Corner 1, located at Latitude 38° 07.6429987’ N., Longitude 76° 43.0337082’ W.; thence south-southeasterly to Corner 2, Latitude 38° 07.2987193’ N., Longitude 76° 43.1101420’ W.; thence northwesterly to Corner 3, Latitude 38° 07.7029267’ N., Longitude 76° 43.3337762’ W.; thence west to the mean low water line, Latitude 38° 07.7031535’ N., Longitude 76° 43.3378345’ W.; thence northerly and westerly along the mean low water line of Nomini Creek to a point southwest of Cedar Island, Latitude 38° 07.8986449’ N., Longitude 76° 43.6329097’ W.; thence northeasterly to a point on the mean low water line at the southern-most point of Cedar Island, Latitude 38° 07.8986449’ N., Longitude 76° 43.6329097’ W.; thence following the mean low water line of the southern and eastern sides of Cedar Island to a point, Latitude 38° 08.0164430’ N., Longitude 76° 43.4773169’ W.; thence northeasterly to Corner 4, Latitude 38° 08.0712849’ N., Longitude 76° 43.4416606’ W.; thence northeasterly to a point on the northern headland of Nomini Creek at the mean low water line, said point being Corner 5, Latitude 38° 08.2729626’ N., Longitude 76° 43.3105315’ W.; thence following the mean low water line of White Point to a point northwest of Snake Island, Corner 6, Latitude 38° 08.4066960’ N., Longitude 76° 42.9105565’ W.; thence southeast, crossing the mouth of Buckner Creek, to a point on the mean low water line of Snake Island, Corner 7, Latitude 38° 08.3698254’ N., Longitude 76° 42.8939656’ W.; thence southeasterly following the mean low water line of Snake Island to Corner 8, Latitude 38° 08.2333798’ N., Longitude 76° 42.7778877’ W.; thence south-southwesterly, crossing the mouth of Buckner Creek, to Corner 9, Latitude 38° 08.2134371’ N., Longitude 76° 42.7886409’ W.; thence southeasterly to a point on the mean low water line of the southern headland of Buckner Creek, Corner 10, Latitude 38° 08.1956281’ N., Longitude 76° 42.7679625’ W.; thence southwesterly following the mean low water line of Nomini Creek, crossing the mouth of an un-named cove at the narrowest point between the headlands and continuing to follow the mean low water line to a point on White Oak Point, Latitude 38° 07.6428228’ N., Longitude 76° 43.0233530’ W.; thence west to Corner 1, said point being the point of beginning. 

"Oyster dredge" means any device having a maximum weight of 150 pounds with attachments, maximum width of 50 inches, and maximum tooth length of four inches. 

"Oyster Patent Tong" means any patent tong not exceeding 100 pounds in gross weight, including any attachment other than rope and with the teeth not to exceed four inches in length.

“Oyster Resource User Fee” means a fee that must be paid each calendar year by anyone who grows, harvests, shucks, packs or ships oysters, for commercial purposes.

"Pocomoke and Tangier Sounds Management Area” or “PTSMA" means the area as defined in §28.2-524 of the Code of Virginia. 

“Pocomoke Sound Area” means that area of Pocomoke Sound inside of Public Grounds 9 and 10 of Accomack County.

Public Ground 9 of Accomack County is located in the Pocomoke Sound, beginning at a corner on the Maryland-Virginia state line, located in the Pocomoke Sound approximately 1.06 nautical miles north-northeast of the northern-most point of North End Point, said point being Corner 1, located at Latitude 37° 57.2711566’ N., Longitude 75° 42.2870790’ W. (NAD83); thence east-northeasterly along the Maryland-Virginia state line to Corner 2, Latitude 37° 57.2896577’ N., Longitude 75° 41.9790727’ W.; thence southerly to Corner 3, Latitude 37° 57.2574850’ N., Longitude 75° 41.9790730’ W.; thence southwesterly to Corner 4, Latitude 37° 57.2288700’ N., Longitude 75° 42.0077287’ W.; thence west-southwesterly to Corner 5, Latitude 37° 57.2034533’ N., Longitude 75° 42.1511250’ W.; thence south-southwesterly to Corner 6, Latitude 37° 57.0940590’ N., Longitude 75° 42.1935214’ W.; thence south-southeasterly to Corner 7, Latitude 37° 57.0551726’ N., Longitude 75° 42.1814457’ W.; thence southwesterly to Corner 8, Latitude 37° 56.9408327’ N., Longitude 75° 42.2957912’ W.; thence south-southwesterly to Corner 9, Latitude 37° 56.6574947’ N., Longitude 75° 42.3790819’ W.; thence southwesterly to Corner 10, Latitude 37° 56.5790952’ N., Longitude 75° 42.5228752’ W.; thence west-southwesterly to Corner 11, Latitude 37° 56.5712564’ N., Longitude 75° 42.5915437’ W.; thence south-southeasterly to Corner 12, Latitude 37° 56.5441067’ N., Longitude 75° 42.5869894’ W.; thence southwesterly to Corner 13, Latitude 37° 56.4575045’ N., Longitude 75° 42.7458050’ W.; thence west-southwesterly to Corner 14, Latitude 37° 56.2575123’ N., Longitude 75° 43.3791097’ W.; thence southwesterly to Corner 15, Latitude 37° 55.7408688’ N., Longitude 75° 43.7957804’ W.; thence westerly to Corner 16, Latitude 37° 55.7575327’ N., Longitude 75° 43.9458298’ W.; thence northwesterly to Corner 17, Latitude 37° 55.8908661’ N., Longitude 75° 44.1291309’ W.; thence north-northeasterly to Corner 18, Latitude 37° 55.9908639’ N., Longitude 75° 44.0791266’ W.; thence northeasterly to Corner 19, Latitude 37° 56.1241858’ N., Longitude 75° 43.8791328’ W.; thence north- northeasterly to Corner 20, Latitude 37° 56.4075136’ N., Longitude 75° 43.7291361’ W.; thence northeasterly to Corner 21, Latitude 37° 56.8241664’ N., Longitude 75° 43.2624601’ W.; thence north-northeasterly to Corner 22, Latitude 37° 57.0706006’ N., Longitude 75° 43.1480402’ W.; thence east-northeasterly along the Maryland-Virginia state line to Corner 1, said corner being the point of beginning.
[Pocomoke Sound PG 9 Area Map]

Public Ground 10 of Accomack County is located in the Pocomoke Sound, beginning at a corner on the Maryland-Virginia state line, located in the Pocomoke Sound approximately 2.3 nautical miles westerly of the northern-most point of North End Point, said point being Corner 1, located at Latitude 37° 56.4741881’ N., Longitude 75° 45.7051676’ W. (NAD83); thence east-northeasterly along the Maryland-Virginia state line to Corner 2, Latitude 37° 56.9261140’ N., Longitude 75° 43.7679786’ W.; thence south-southwesterly to Corner 3, Latitude 37° 56.1241948’ N., Longitude 75° 44.3624962’ W. ; thence west-southwesterly to Corner 4, Latitude 37° 56.0820561’ N., Longitude 75° 44.5826292’ W.; thence northerly to Corner 5, Latitude 37° 56.1377309’ N., Longitude 75° 44.5817745’ W.; thence west-southwesterly to Corner 6, Latitude 37° 56.1259751’ N., Longitude 75° 44.6226859’ W.; thence southwesterly to Corner 7, Latitude 37° 56.1039335’ N., Longitude 75° 44.6692334’ W.; thence southerly to Corner 8, Latitude 37° 56.0643616’ N., Longitude 75° 44.6750106’ W.; thence west-southwesterly to Corner 9, Latitude 37° 55.9742005’ N., Longitude 75° 45.1458109’ W.; thence west-northwesterly to Corner 10, Latitude 37° 56.0741973’ N., Longitude 75° 45.8958329’ W.; thence north-northwesterly to Corner 11, Latitude 37° 56.2565760’ N., Longitude 75° 46.0000557’ W.; thence northeasterly along the Maryland-Virginia state line to Corner 1, said corner being the point of beginning.
[Pocomoke Sound PG 10 Area Map]

“Pocomoke and Tangier Sounds Rotation Area 1” means all public grounds and unassigned grounds, within an area of the PTSMA, in Pocomoke and Tangier Sounds, bounded by a line beginning at a point on the Maryland-Virginia state line, located at Latitude 37° 54.6136000' N., Longitude 75° 53.9739600' W.; thence south to the house on Great Fox Island, Latitude 37° 53.6946500' N., Longitude 75° 53.8898800' W.; thence westerly to a point, Latitude 37° 53.3633500' N., Longitude 75° 56.5589600' W.; thence south to a point, Latitude 37° 48.4429100' N., Longitude 75° 56.4883600' W.; thence easterly to the north end of Watts Island, Latitude 37° 48.7757800' N., Longitude 75° 53.5994100' W.; thence northerly to the house on Great Fox Island, Latitude 37° 53.6946500' N., Longitude 75° 53.8898800' W.; thence southeasterly to Pocomoke Sound Shoal Flashing Light Red “8”, Latitude 37° 52.4583300' N., Longitude 75° 49.4000000' W.; thence southeasterly to Messongo Creek Entrance Buoy Green Can "1", Latitude 37° 52.1000000' N., Longitude 75° 47.8083300' W.; thence southeast to Guilford Flats Junction Light Flashing 2+1 Red "GF", Latitude 37° 50.9533300' N., Longitude 75° 46.6416700' W.; thence southerly to a point on a line from Guilford Flats Junction Light to the northern-most point of Russell Island, where said line intersects the PTSMA boundary, Latitude 37° 48.4715943’ N., Longitude 75° 46.9955932’ W.; thence clockwise following the PTSMA boundary to a point on the Maryland-Virginia state line, said point being the point of beginning.
[Tangier-Pocomoke Sounds Rotation Area 1 Map]

“Pocomoke and Tangier Sounds Rotation Area 2” means all public grounds and unassigned grounds, within an area of the PTSMA, in Pocomoke and Tangier Sounds, bounded by a line beginning at the house on Great Fox Island, located at Latitude 37° 53.6946500' N., Longitude 75° 53.8898800' W.; thence southerly to the north end of Watts Island, Latitude 37° 48.7757800' N., Longitude 75° 53.5994100' W.; thence westerly to a point, Latitude 37° 48.4429100' N., Longitude 75° 56.4883600' W.; thence northerly to a point, Latitude 37° 53.3633500' N., Longitude 75° 56.5589600' W.; thence easterly to the house on Great Fox Island, said house being the point of beginning. Also, Pocomoke and Tangier Sounds Rotation Area 2 shall include all Public Grounds and unassigned grounds in the PTSMA in Pocomoke Sound bounded by a line beginning at a point on the Maryland-Virginia state line, Latitude 37° 54.6136000' N., Longitude 75° 53.9739600' W.; thence following the PTSMA boundary clockwise to a point on the line from the northern-most point of Russell Island to Guilford Flats Junction Light Flashing 2+1 Red "GF", where said line intersects the PTSMA boundary, Latitude 37° 48.4715943’ N., Longitude 75° 46.9955932’ W.; thence northerly to Guilford Flats Junction Light Flashing 2+1 Red "GF", Latitude 37° 50.9533300' N., Longitude 75° 46.6416700' W.; thence northwesterly to Messongo Creek Entrance Buoy Green Can "1", Latitude 37° 52.1000000' N., Longitude 75° 47.8083300' W.; thence northwesterly to Pocomoke Sound Shoal Flashing Light Red “8”, Latitude 37° 52.4583300' N., Longitude 75° 49.4000000' W.; thence northwesterly to the house on Great Fox Island, Latitude 37° 53.6946500' N., Longitude 75° 53.8898800' W.; thence northerly to a point on the Maryland-Virginia state line, said point being the point of beginning.
[Tangier-Pocomoke Sounds Rotation Area 2 Map]

"Public oyster ground" means all those grounds defined in § 28.2-551 of the Code of Virginia or by any other acts of the General Assembly pertaining to those grounds, all those grounds set aside by court order, and all those grounds set aside by order of the Marine Resources Commission, and may be redefined by any of these legal authorities. 

“Rappahannock River Area 7” means all public grounds, in that area of the Rappahannock River, bounded downstream by a line from Rogue Point, located at Latitude 37° 40.0400000' N., Longitude 76° 32.2530000' W.; thence west-northwesterly to Flashing Red Buoy “8”, Latitude 37° 40.1580000' N., Longitude 76° 32.9390000' W.; thence southwesterly to Balls Point, Latitude 37° 39.3550000' N., Longitude 76° 34.4440000' W.; and bounded upstream by a line from Punchbowl Point, Latitude 37° 44.6750000' N., Longitude 76° 37.3250000' W.; thence southeasterly to Monaskon Point, Latitude 37° 44.0630000' N., Longitude 76° 34.1080000' W.
[Rappahannock River Area 7 Map]

“Rappahannock River Area 8” means all public grounds, in that area of the Rappahannock River, bounded downstream by a line from Monaskon Point, located at Latitude 37° 44.0630000' N., Longitude 76° 34.1080000' W.; thence northwesterly to Punchbowl Point, Latitude 37° 44.6750000' N., Longitude 76° 37.3250000' W.; and bounded upstream by a line from Jones Point, Latitude 37° 46.7860000' N., Longitude 76° 40.8350000' W.; thence north-northwesterly to Sharps Point, Latitude 37° 49.3640000' N., Longitude 76° 42.0870000' W.
[Rappahannock River Area 8 Map]

“Rappahannock River Area 9” means all public grounds, in that area of the Rappahannock River, bounded downstream by a line from Sharps Point, located at Latitude 37° 49.3640000' N., Longitude 76° 42.0870000' W.; thence south-southeasterly to Jones Point, Latitude 37° 46.7860000' N., Longitude 76° 40.8350000' W.; and bounded upstream by the Thomas J. Downing Bridge (U.S. Route 360).
[Rappahannock River Area 9 Map]

“Rappahannock River Rotation Area 1” means all public grounds, in that area of the Rappahannock River and Chesapeake Bay, bounded by a line offshore and across the mouth of the Rappahannock River from a point on the mean low water line of Windmill Point, located at Latitude 37° 35.7930000' N., Longitude 76° 14.1800000' W.; thence southeast to Windmill Point Light, Latitude 37° 35.7930000' N., Longitude 76° 14.1800000' W.; thence southwesterly to Stingray Point Light, Latitude 37° 33.6730000’ N., Longitude 76° 16.3620000' W.; thence westerly to a point on the mean low water line of Stingray Point, Latitude 37° 33.6920000' N., Longitude 76° 17.9860000' W.; and bounded upstream by a line from the mean low water line west of Broad Creek, Latitude 37° 33.9520000' N., Longitude 76° 19.3090000' W.; thence northeasterly to a VMRC Buoy on the Baylor line, Latitude 37° 34.5390000' N., Longitude 76° 19.0220000' W.; thence northeasterly to a VMRC Buoy, Latitude 37° 34.6830000' N., Longitude 76° 19.1000000' W.; thence northwesterly to a VMRC Buoy, Latitude 37° 35.0170000' N., Longitude 76° 19.4500000' W.; thence northwesterly to Sturgeon Bar Light “7R”, Latitude 37° 35.1500000' N., Longitude 76° 19.7330000' W.; thence continuing northwesterly to Mosquito Point Light “8R”, Latitude 37° 36.1000000' N., Longitude 76° 21.3000000' W.; thence northwesterly to the southern-most corner of the house on Mosquito Point, Latitude 37° 36.5230000’ N., Longitude 76° 21.5950000' W.
[Rappahannock River Rotation Area 1 Map]

“Rappahannock River Rotation Area 2” means all public grounds, in that area of the Rappahannock River, bounded downstream by a line from the southern-most corner of the house on Mosquito Point, located at Latitude 37° 36.5230000' N., Longitude 76° 21.5950000' W.; thence southeast to Mosquito Point Light "8R", Latitude 37° 36.1000000' N., Longitude 76° 21.3000000' W.; thence continuing southeasterly to Sturgeon Bar Beacon "7R", Latitude 37° 35.1500000’ N., Longitude 76° 19.7330000’ W.; thence west-southwesterly to a VMRC Buoy, Latitude 37° 34.9330000' N., Longitude 76° 21.0500000' W.; thence southwesterly to a VMRC Buoy, Latitude 37° 34.8830000' N., Longitude 76° 21.1000000' W.; thence southwesterly to a pier west of Hunting Creek at Grinels, Latitude 37° 34.4360000' N., Longitude 76° 26.2880000' W.; and bounded on the upstream by a line from Mill Creek Channel Marker "4", Latitude 37° 35.0830000' N., Longitude 76° 26.9500000' W.; thence northeasterly to Mill Creek Channel Marker "2", Latitude 37° 35.4830000' N., Longitude 76° 24.5670000' W.; thence northeasterly to the southern-most corner of the house on Mosquito Point, Latitude 37° 36.5230000' N., Longitude 76° 21.5950000'0 W.
[Rappahannock River Rotation Area 2 Map]

“Rappahannock River Rotation Area 3” means all public grounds, in that area of the Rappahannock River, beginning from the north channel fender at the Robert O. Norris, Jr. Bridge, located at Latitude 37° 37.4830000' N., Longitude 76° 25.3450000’ W.; thence southeast to the southern-most corner of the house on Mosquito Point, Latitude 37° 36.5230000' N., Longitude 76° 21.5950000' W.; thence southwest to Mill Creek Channel Marker "2", Latitude 37° 35.4830000' N., Longitude 76° 24.5670000' W.; thence southwesterly to Mill Creek Channel Marker "4", Latitude 37° 35.0830000' N., Longitude 76° 24.9500000' W.; thence northeasterly to Parrotts Creek Channel Marker "1", Latitude 37° 36.0330000' N., Longitude 76° 25.4170000' W.; thence northerly to VMRC Buoy, Latitude 37° 36.3330000' N., Longitude 76° 25.2000000' W.; thence northerly to the north channel fender of the Robert O. Norris, Jr. Bridge, said point being the point of beginning.
[Rappahannock River  Rotation Area 3 Map]

"Rappahannock River Rotation Area 4" means all public grounds, in that area of the Rappahannock River, Corrotoman River and Carter Creek, beginning at the White Stone end of the Robert O. Norris, Jr. Bridge (State Route 3), located at Latitude 37° 38.1290000' N., Longitude 76° 24.7220000' W.; thence along said Bridge to the north channel fender, Latitude 37° 37.4830000' N., Longitude 76° 25.3450000' W.; thence westerly to the VMRC Buoy “5-4”, Latitude 37° 38.0050000' N., Longitude 76° 30.0280000' W.; thence northerly to Old House Point, Latitude 37° 39.1390000' N., Longitude 76° 29.6850000' W.; thence northeasterly to Ball Point, Latitude 37° 41.6600000' N., Longitude 76° 28.6320000' W.; thence southeasterly to VMRC reef marker “Ferry Bar – North”, Latitude 37° 40.3000000' N., Longitude 76° 28.5000000' W.; thence southwesterly to VMRC reef marker “Ferry Bar – South”, Latitude 37° 40.1670000' N., Longitude 76° 28.5830000’ W.; thence southeasterly to a duck blind west of Corrotoman Point, Latitude 37° 39.8760000' N., Longitude 76° 28.4200000' W.; thence southerly to VMRC Buoy “543”, Latitude 37° 39.2670000' N., Longitude 76° 27.8500000' W.; thence southerly to VMRC Buoy “Drumming-West”, Latitude 37° 38.8830000' N., Longitude 76° 27.6830000' W.; thence southerly to VMRC Buoy “Drumming-East”, Latitude 37° 38.8330000' N., Longitude 76° 27.5670000' W.; thence northeasterly to Orchard Point, Latitude 37° 38.9240000' N., Longitude 76° 27.1260000' W.
[Rappahannock River Rotation Area 4 Map]

"Rappahannock River Rotation Area 5" means all public grounds, in that area of the Rappahannock River, beginning at the Greys Point end of the Robert O. Norris, Jr. Bridge (State Route 3), located at Latitude 37° 36.8330000' N., Longitude 76° 25.9990000' W.; thence northeasterly along the bridge to the north channel fender, Latitude 37° 37.4830000' N., Longitude 76° 25.3450000' W.; thence west-northwesterly to VMRC Buoy “5-4”, Latitude 37° 38.0050000' N., Longitude 76° 30.0280000' W.; thence westerly to Buoy “R6”, Latitude 37° 38.0330000' N., Longitude 76° 30.2830000' W.; thence south to the eastern headland of Whiting Creek, Latitude 37° 36.6580000' N., Longitude 76° 30.3120000' W.
[Rappahannock River Rotation Area 5 Map]

“Rappahannock River Rotation Area 6” means all public grounds, in that area of the Rappahannock River, beginning on the eastern headland of Whiting Creek, located at Latitude 37° 36.6580000' N., Longitude 76° 30.3120000' W.; thence north to Buoy “R6”, Latitude 37° 38.0330000' N., Longitude 76° 30.2830000' W.; thence northwesterly to VMRC White House Sanctuary Buoy, Latitude 37° 38.1500000' N., Longitude 76° 30.5330000' W.; thence northwesterly to VMRC Towles Point Area Buoy, Latitude 37° 38.8330000' N., Longitude 76° 31.5360000' W.; thence northwesterly to Flashing Red Buoy “8” off Rogue Point, Latitude 37° 40.1580000’ N., Longitude 76° 32.9390000' W.; thence southwesterly to Balls Point, Latitude 37° 39.3550000' N., Longitude 76° 34.4440000' W.
.[Rappahannock River Rotation Area 6 Map]

“Thomas Rock Area” means all public grounds and unassigned grounds, in that area of the James River, with an eastern boundary being the upstream side of the James River Bridge (U.S. Route 17), and a western boundary being a line drawn from the south side of the river at Rainbow Farm Point, a point on the shore, in line with VMRC Markers “STH” and “SMT”, located at Latitude 37° 00.1965862’ N., Longitude 76° 34.0712010’ W.; thence north-northeasterly to a VMRC Marker “STH”, Latitude 37° 00.9815328 N., Longitude 76° 33.5955842’ W.; thence to a VMRC Marker “SMT”, at Latitude 37° 01.3228160’ N., Longitude 76° 33.3887351’ W.; thence to the Flashing Green Channel Light #5, at Latitude 37° 02.3449949’ N., Longitude 76° 32.7689936’ W.; thence northeasterly to a VMRC Marker “NMT”, Latitude 37° 02.7740540’ N., Longitude 76° 32.0960864’ W.; thence to a VMRC Marker “NTH” located at Latitude 37° 03.2030055’ N., Longitude 76° 31.4231211’ W.; thence to a point on the north shore of the river at Blunt (Blount) Point, said point being in line with VMRC Markers “NMT” and “NTH” and located at Latitude 37° 03.3805862’ N., Longitude 76° 31.1444562’ W.
[Thomas Rock Hand Scrape Area]

"Unassigned ground" means all those grounds defined by any other acts of the General Assembly pertaining to those grounds, all those grounds set aside by court order, and all those grounds set aside by order of the Marine Resources Commission, and may be redefined by any of these legal authorities. 

“Upper Chesapeake Bay - Blackberry Hangs Area” means all public grounds and unassigned grounds, in that area of the Chesapeake Bay, bounded by a line, beginning at a point approximately 300 feet east of the mean low water line of the Chesapeake Bay and approximately 1230 feet southwest of the end of the southern-most stone jetty at the mouth of the Little Wicomico River, said point being Corner 1, Latitude 37° 53.1811193’ N., Longitude 76° 14.1740146’ W.; thence east-southeasterly to Corner 2, Latitude 37° 52.9050025’ N., Longitude 76° 11.9357257’ W.; thence easterly to Corner 3, Latitude 37° 52.9076552’ N., Longitude 76° 11.6098145’ W.; thence southwesterly to Corner 4, Latitude 37° 52.8684955’ N., Longitude 76° 11.6402444’ W.; thence east-southeasterly to Corner 5, Latitude 37° 52.7924853’ N., Longitude 76° 11.0253352’ W.; thence southwesterly to Corner 6, Latitude 37° 49.4327736’ N., Longitude 76° 13.2409959’ W.; thence northwesterly to Corner 7, Latitude 37° 50.0560555’ N., Longitude 76° 15.0023234’ W.; thence north-northeasterly to Corner 8, Latitude 37° 50.5581183’ N., Longitude 76° 14.8772805’ W.; thence north-northeasterly to Corner 9, Latitude 37° 52.0260950’ N., Longitude 76° 14.5768550’ W.; thence northeasterly to Corner 1, said corner being the point of beginning.

“Yeocomico River Area” means that area of the North West Yeocomico River, inside Public Ground 8 of Westmoreland County and those areas of the South Yeocomico River inside Public Grounds 102, 104, and 107 of Northumberland County.
 [Yeocomico River Area- Northumberland County Map] [Yecomico River Area - Westmoreland County Map]

Public Ground 8 of Westmoreland County is located in the North West Yeocomico River, beginning at a point approximately 1455 feet northeast of Crow Bar and 1850 feet northwest of White Point, said point being Corner 1, located at Latitude 38° 02.7468214’ N., Longitude 76° 33.0775726’ W.; thence southeasterly to Corner 2, Latitude 38° 02.7397202’ N., Longitude 76° 33.0186286’ W.; thence southerly to Corner 3, Latitude 38° 02.6021644’ N., Longitude 76° 33.0234175’ W.; thence westerly to Corner 4, Latitude 38° 02.6006669’ N., Longitude 76° 33.0824799’ W.; thence northerly to Corner 1, said corner being the point of beginning.

Public Ground 102 of Northumberland County is located in the South Yeocomico River, beginning at a point approximately 630 feet south of Mundy Point and 1745 feet southwest of Tom Jones Point, said point being Corner 1, located at Latitude 38° 01.2138059’ N., Longitude 76° 32.5577201’ W,; thence east-northeasterly to Corner 2, Latitude 38° 01.2268644’ N., Longitude 76° 32.4497849’ W.; thence southwesterly to Corner 3, Latitude 38° 01.1091209’ N., Longitude 76° 32.5591101’ W.; thence northerly to Corner 1, said corner being the point of beginning.

Public Ground 104 of Northumberland County is located in the South Yeocomico River, beginning at a point approximately 670 feet north of Walker Point and 1900 feet northwest of Palmer Point, said point being Corner 1, located at Latitude 38° 00.8841841’ N., Longitude 76° 32.6106215’ W.; thence southeasterly to Corner 2, Latitude 38° 00.8609163’ N., Longitude 76° 32.5296302’ W.; thence southeasterly to Corner 3, Latitude 38° 00.6693092’ N., Longitude 76° 32.4161866’ W.; thence southwesterly to Corner 4, Latitude 38° 00.6418466’ N., Longitude 76° 32.5394849’ W.; thence northwesterly to Corner 1, said corner being the point of beginning.

Public Ground 107 of Northumberland County is located in the South Yeocomico River, beginning at a point approximately 1000 feet southwest of Barn Point and 1300 feet northwest of Tom Jones Point, said point being Corner 1, located at Longitude 38° 01.1389367’ N., Latitude 76° 32.3425617’ W.; thence east-southeasterly to Corner 2, Latitude 38° 01.4106421’ N., Longitude 76° 32.1077962’ W.; thence southwesterly to Corner 3, Latitude 38° 01.2717197’ N., Longitude 76° 32.2917989’ W.; thence north-northwesterly to Corner 1, said corner being the point of beginning.

“York River Area Rotation Area 1” means all public grounds in the York River, within Gloucester County, between a line from Upper York River Flashing Red Channel Marker “8”, Latitude 37° 17.8863666’ N., Longitude 76° 34.6534166’ W.; thence northeasterly to Red Day Marker “2” at the mouth of Cedar Bush Creek, Latitude 37° 18.6422166’ N., Longitude 76° 33.8216000’ W.; upstream to a line from the Flashing Yellow VIMS Data Buoy “CB”, Latitude 37° 20.4670000’ N., Longitude 76° 37.4830000’ W.; thence northeasterly to the inshore end of the wharf at Clay Bank. 
[York River Area Rotation Area 1 Map]

“York River Area Rotation Area 2” means all public grounds in the York River, within Gloucester County, from the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge (U.S. Route 17), upstream to a line from Upper York River Flashing Red Channel Marker “8”, Latitude 37° 17.8863666’ N., Longitude 76° 34.6534166’ W.; thence northeasterly to Red Day Marker “2” at the mouth of Cedar Bush Creek, Latitude 37° 18.6422166’ N., Longitude 76° 33.8216000’ W.
[York River Area Rotation Area 2 Map]

4VAC20-720-30.  Standing stock criteria.

Any public oyster ground or unassigned ground may be closed to harvest by the Commissioner of Marine Resources, when it is determined by the Oyster Replenishment Department that the standing stock of oysters has been depleted by 50% or more.  The initial estimate of standing stock for each area shall be the volume of oysters as of October 1 of the current year as determined by the Oyster Replenishment Department. 

4VAC20-720-35.  Public oyster ground harvest season.

The Commissioner of the Marine Resources shall be authorized to extend the public oyster harvest season in the James River Seed Area, including the Deep Water Shoal State Replenishment Area, but the extension shall not be established to go beyond June 30. 

4VAC20-720-40.  Open oyster harvest season and areas.

A.  It shall be unlawful for any person to harvest oysters from public and unassigned grounds outside of the seasons and areas set forth in this section.

B.  The lawful seasons and areas for the harvest of oysters from the public oyster grounds and unassigned grounds are as described in the following subdivision of this subsection.

1.  James River Seed Area, including the Deep Water Shoal State Replenishment Seed Area:  October 1, 2013, through April 30, 2014.

2.  James River Area and the Thomas Rock Area (James River):  November 1, 2013, through January 31, 2014.

3.  York River Rotation Area 2:  January 1, 2014, through February 28, 2014.

4.  Milford Haven:  December 1, 2013, through February 28, 2014.

5.  Deep Rock Area:  December 1, 2013, through February 28, 2014.

6.  Rappahannock River Rotation Area 2:  November 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013.

7.  Rappahannock River Rotation Area 4:  October 1, 2013, through November 30, 2013.

8.  Rappahannock River Area 7:  January 1, 2014, through February 28, 2014.

9.  Rappahannock River Area 8:  December 1, 2013, through January 31, 2014.

10.  Rappahannock River Area 9:  November 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013.

11.  Great Wicomico River Area:  December 1, 2013, through January 31, 2014.

12.  Upper Chesapeake Bay - Blackberry Hangs Area:  December 1, 2013, through January 31, 2014.

13.  Little Wicomico River: October 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013.

14.  Coan River:  October 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013.

15.  Yeocomico River:  October 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013.

16.  Nomini Creek:  October 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013.

17.  Pocomoke and Tangier Sounds Rotation Area 1:  December 1, 2013, through February 28, 2014.

18.  Seaside of Eastern Shore (For clean cull oysters only):  November 1, 2013, through February 28, 2014.

19.  Pocomoke Sound, Public Ground Number 9:  November 1, 2013, through November 30, 2013.

20.  Pocomoke Sound, Public Ground Number 10:  December 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013.

4VAC20-720-50.  REPEALED.

4VAC20-720-60. Day and time limit.

A.  It shall be unlawful to take, catch, or possess oysters on Saturday and Sunday from the public oyster grounds or unassigned grounds in the waters of the Commonwealth of Virginia, for commercial purposes, except that this provision shall not apply to any person harvesting no more than one bushel per day by hand or ordinary tong for household use only during the season when the public oyster grounds or unassigned grounds are legally open for harvest. 

B.  It shall be unlawful for any person to harvest or attempt to harvest oysters prior to sunrise or after 2 p.m. from the areas described in 4VAC20-720-40 B 1 through 17, and 4VAC20-720-40 B 19 and 20.  In addition, it shall be unlawful for any boat with an oyster dredge aboard to leave the dock until one hour before sunrise or return to the dock after sunset, and it shall be unlawful for any boat with a hand scrape aboard to leave the dock until one-half hour before sunrise or return to the dock after sunset.

4VAC20-720-70. Gear restrictions.

A.  It shall be unlawful for any person to harvest oysters in the James River Seed Areas, including the Deep Water Shoal State Replenishment Seed Area; the Rappahannock River Area 9; Milford Haven and Little Wicomico, Coan, Nomini and Yeocomico Rivers, except by hand tong.  It shall be unlawful for any person to have a hand scrape on board a boat that is harvesting or attempting to harvest oysters from public grounds by hand tong. 

B.  It shall be unlawful to harvest oysters from the area as described in 4VAC20-720-40 B 18, except by hand.

C.  It shall be unlawful to harvest oysters in the Rappahannock River Rotation Areas 2 and 4, the Rappahannock River Areas 7 and 8, James River Area, Thomas Rock Area, Upper Chesapeake Bay Blackberry Hangs Area, York River Rotation Area 2, Pocomoke Sound Public Ground Numbers 9 and 10, and Great Wicomico River Area, except by hand scrape.

D.  It shall be unlawful for any person to have more than one hand scrape on board any boat that is harvesting oysters or attempting to harvest oysters from public grounds.  It shall be unlawful for any person to have a hand tong on board a boat that is harvesting or attempting to harvest oysters from public grounds by hand scrape.

E.  It shall be unlawful to harvest oysters from the area as described in 4VAC20-720-40 B 17, except by an oyster dredge.

F.  It shall be unlawful to harvest oysters from the Deep Rock Area, except by an oyster patent tong. 

4VAC20-720-75. Gear license.

A.  It shall be unlawful for any person to harvest shellfish, from the hand scrape areas in the Rappahannock River, James River, Upper Chesapeake Bay, York River, Pocomoke Sound, and Great Wicomico River, unless that person has first obtained a valid hand scrape license.

B.  It shall be unlawful for any person to harvest shellfish, with an oyster dredge from the public oyster grounds in the area as described in 4VAC20-720-40 B 17, unless that person has first obtained a valid oyster dredge license.

C.  It shall be unlawful for any person to harvest shellfish, with a patent tong from the public oyster grounds in the Deep Rock Area, unless that person has first obtained a valid oyster patent tong license.

D.  It shall be unlawful for any person to harvest shellfish, with a hand tong from the public oyster grounds, as described in 4VAC20-720-70 A, unless that person has first obtained a valid hand tong license.

4VAC20-720-80. Quotas and harvest limits.

A.  The lawful daily harvest and possession limit of clean cull oysters harvested from the areas described in 4VAC20-720-40 B 2 through 16 and 4VAC20-720-40B 19 and 20 shall be eight bushels per registered commercial fisherman licensee who has paid the oyster resource user fee.  It shall be unlawful for any registered commercial fisherman licensee to harvest or possess more than eight bushels per day.  The lawful daily vessel limit of clean cull oysters harvested from the areas described in 4VAC20-720-40 B 2 through 16 and 4VAC20-720-40B 19 and 20 shall be determined as the number of registered commercial fisherman licensees who have paid the oyster resource user fee on board the vessel multiplied by 8 bushels with a maximum daily landing and possession limit of 24 bushels of clean cull oysters per vessel.  It shall be unlawful to possess on board any vessel or to land more than the lawful daily vessel limit of clean cull oysters described in this subsection.

B.  In the area described in 4VAC20-720-40 B 17, where harvesting is allowed by oyster dredge, there shall be a daily harvest and possession limit of eight bushels of clean cull oysters per registered commercial fisherman licensee who has paid the oyster resource user fee. It shall be unlawful for any registered commercial fisherman licensee to harvest or possess more than eight bushels per day.  The lawful daily vessel limit of clean cull oysters harvested by oyster dredge shall be determined as the number of registered commercial fisherman licensees who have paid the oyster resource user fee on board the vessel multiplied by 8 bushels with a maximum daily landing and possession limit of 24 bushels of clean cull oysters per vessel.  It shall be unlawful to possess on board any vessel or to land more than the lawful daily vessel limit of clean cull oysters harvested by oyster dredge, as described in this subsection.  No blue crab bycatch is allowed.  It shall be unlawful to possess on board any vessel more than 250 hard clams.

4VAC20-720-85.  James River Seed Quota and Monitoring.

A.  An oyster seed harvest quota of 120,000 bushels of seed is established for the James River Seed Area, including the Deep Water Shoal State Replenishment Seed Area.  Once it has been projected and announced that the quota of seed has been attained, it shall be unlawful for any person to harvest seed oysters from these areas.

B.  Of the 120,000-bushel seed quota described in subsection A of this section no more than 40,000 bushels of this quota may be harvested from October 1 through December 31. However, if it is projected and announced that 40,000 bushels of seed have been harvested before December 31, it shall be unlawful for any person to harvest seed oysters from that date forward until January 1.

C.  Any person harvesting or landing oyster seed from the James River Seed Area, including the Deep Water Shoal State Replenishment Seed Area, shall report monthly on forms provided by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission all harvest of seed oysters.  Reporting requirements shall consist of that person’s Commercial Fisherman Registration License number, daily number of bushels of seed oysters harvested, harvest rock location, planting location (any lease numbers), and buyer name.

D.  It shall be unlawful for any person harvesting seed oysters from the James River Seed Area, including the Deep Water Shoal State Replenishment Seed Area, to fail to contact the Virginia Marine Resources Commission Interactive-Voice-Response (IVR) System within 24 hours of harvest or landing, and provide that person’s name, Commercial Fisherman Registration License number, time, date, daily number of bushels of seed oysters harvested, harvest rock location, the planting location (any lease numbers), and buyer name.

4VAC20-720-90. Harvest permit required for the James River Area and Thomas Rock Area.

A permit is required for the James River Area and the Thomas Rock Area. It shall be unlawful for any person to harvest, or attempt to harvest, oysters from the James River Area and the Thomas Rock Area without first obtaining a harvest permit from the Marine Resources Commission as required by § 28.2-518 of the Code of Virginia.

4VAC20-720-91.  Harvest Permit Shall be Required for the James River Seed Area, including the Deep Water Shoal State Replenishment Area.

A harvest permit shall be required for the James River Seed Area, including the Deep Water Shoal State Replenishment Seed Area, for the harvesting of seed oysters.  It shall be unlawful for any person to harvest or attempt to harvest seed oysters from the James River Seed Area, including the Deep Water Shoal State Replenishment Seed Area, without first obtaining and having on board a harvest permit.

4VAC20-720-95. [Repealed.]

4VAC20-720-100. Seed oyster planting procedures.

A.  The marine police officer at the point of seed harvest may require that a marine police officer be present during the seed planting.  When this is required, it will be specified on the seed transfer permit.  If a marine police officer is required to be present at planting, the planter shall notify the marine police officer in the area prior to planting.  It shall be unlawful for the permittee or planter to plant the oysters without a marine police officer being present. 

B.  The planting of seed oysters shall consist of spreading the oysters loosely on the bottom of the planting area.  It shall be unlawful to plant seed oysters in any manner except by spreading the oysters loosely on the bottom. 

C.  Seed oysters shall be placed on a designated and marked area of the private ground from which said oysters are not to be removed until after April 30. It shall be unlawful to reharvest these seed oysters prior to May 1.  

4VAC20-720-105. [Repealed.]

4VAC20-720-106. [Repealed.]

4VAC20-720-110. Penalty.

A.  As set forth in §28.2-903 of the Code of Virginia, any person violating any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor and a second or subsequent violation of any provision of this chapter committed by the same person within 12 months of a prior violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

B.  In addition to the penalty prescribed by law, any person violating any provision of this chapter shall destroy, in the presence of a marine police officer, all shellfish in his possession, or, at the direction of the marine police officer, shall place the shellfish overboard on the nearest oyster sanctuary or closed shellfish area, and shall cease harvesting on that day.  All harvesting apparatus may be subject to seizure, and, pursuant to §28.2-232 of the Code of Virginia, all licenses and permits may be subject to revocation following a hearing before the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.

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