The Virginia Marine Resources Commission invites public comment on a proposal and request for permit by the Virginia Seafood Council to deploy about one million triploid Suminoe oysters (Crassostrea ariakensis) at 10 locations in Virginia waters for aquaculture and subsequent marketing trials. A permit is required under Section 28.2-825 of the Code of Virginia for the deployment of this non-native oyster in the water of the Commonwealth.
A public hearing on the issuance of the required permit will be held at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 at the Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia. Written comments on the proposal should be mailed to: Jack G. Travelstead, VMRC Fisheries Management Division, 2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Newport News, Virginia 23607. A full copy of the Virginia Seafood Council proposal entitled, "Economic Analysis and Pilot-Scale Field Trials of Triploid C. ariakensis Aquaculture,"** may be reviewed at the Commission during Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or may be obtained by calling the Commission office at (757) 247-2248.
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