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REGULATION: PERTAINING TO RESTRICTIONS ON OYSTER HARVEST

VIRGINIA MARINE RESOURCES COMMISSION
"PERTAINING TO RESTRICTIONS ON OYSTER HARVEST"
EMERGENCY CHAPTER  4VAC 20-720-48 ET. SEQ.

PREAMBLE

This Emergency Chapter is promulgated pursuant to §§ 28.2-210 and 28.2-507 of the Code of Virginia and extends the public oyster harvest season for the James River Hand Scrape Area as described in Chapter 4VAC 20-720-20, "Definitions".  This emergency action was taken by the Commission in an effort to allow the watermen to continue harvesting clean cull size oysters to meet the demands of the market and allow for loss of workdays due to bad weather.  The effective date of this Emergency Chapter is March 1, 2004.  This Emergency Chapter shall terminate on March 31, 2004.
 
4VAC 20-720-48 EXTENSION OF THE PUBLIC OYSTER HARVEST SEASON FOR THE JAMES RIVER HAND SCRAPE AREA

A.    The season for the harvesting of oysters from this area is extended through the month of March, ending March 31, 2004.

B.    All other applicable laws and regulations for harvesting oysters from public oyster grounds shall apply during this extended time period.



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