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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
Chapter 150. Pertaining to the Dredging of Conchs (Also Known As Whelks)
4/1/2020

4VAC20-150-30. Areas and Seasons.

A. Area Number 1 shall be that area where dredging for crabs is permitted by law and Marine Resources Commission, 4VAC20-90, and the season for this area shall be the same as that season established by § 28.2-707 of the Code of Virginia, as may be adjusted by the Marine Resources Commission.

B. Area Number 2 shall be that area east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and will include that area known as the mouth or entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. It is more particularly described as follows: beginning at the one-mile marker on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel; thence northerly along the bridge tunnel to Fisherman's Island; thence along the southeast shoreline of Fisherman's Island to the lower portion of Smith Island at a point that is due east of Cape Charles Lighthouse; thence due east three nautical miles to the Three Nautical Mile Line; thence along said Three Nautical Mile Line; southerly to 36° 55' N Latitude; thence due west along said latitude to buoy C"1"; thence northerly to buoy R"2C"; thence southwesterly to buoy G"1TS", thence southwesterly to buoy G"1L", thence northwesterly thence to the point of beginning. This description shall specifically exclude all inlets of Fishermans and Smith Islands, and all waters west of said islands. The season for this area shall be from April 1 through September 30, inclusive, of each year.

C. Area Number 3 shall be that area bounded on the north by 36° 45' N Latitude, bounded on the west by mean low water, bounded on the south by the Virginia-North Carolina border, and bounded on the east by the Three Nautical Mile Line; and the season for this area shall be year round.

D. Area Number 4 shall be that area bounded on the north by a line from buoy RN"36A" at the town of Cape Charles and running NNW to Wolf Trap Light, bounded on the west by a line drawn from Wolf Trap Light and running southerly through buoys RN"2", C"1NP", RN"2MB", C"1MB", R"8", at the York River Entrance Channel; thence southeasterly bounded by the northern side of said channel to buoy R"2"; thence southerly to buoy RW"HC"; thence southwesterly to buoy G"11" at Thimble Shoal Channel; thence bounded on the south by the south side of said channel until its intersection with the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel; thence bounded on the east by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel and a line drawn from the terminus of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel on Fishermans Island back to buoy RN"36A" but remaining offshore of any and all fixed fishing devices. The season for this area shall be May 1 through September 30, inclusive, of each year.

E. Area Number 5 shall consist of two parts:

The south part shall be that area in Virginia's portion of the Territorial Sea between 36° 55' N Latitude and 36° 45' N Latitude excluding the inshore one mile. It is more particularly described as follows: beginning at buoy C"1" on the 36° 55' N Latitude; thence along said latitude east to the Three Nautical Mile Line; thence southerly along said Three Nautical Mile Line to 36° 45' N Latitude; thence along said latitude west to the one-mile limit; thence northerly along said one-mile limit to the 36° 55' N Latitude; thence east along said latitude to buoy C"1" and the point of beginning.

The north part shall be that area between the Virginia-Maryland line and Cape Charles Lighthouse and comprising Virginia's portion of the Territorial Sea off of Accomack and Northampton Counties. It is more particularly described as follows: beginning at a point on the mean low water, which point is due east of the Cape Charles Lighthouse; thence northerly along the low water mark of the eastern side of the Eastern Shore Barrier Islands to the Virginia-Maryland border; thence along said border easterly three nautical miles to the Three Nautical Mile Line; thence southerly along said Three Nautical Mile Line to a line that runs due east from Cape Charles Lighthouse; thence along said line three nautical miles to the point of beginning. Said boundary to run from headland to headland across all inlets between said Barrier Islands. This description shall specifically exclude all inlets and all waters west of said islands.

The season for Area Number 5 shall be from January 1 through August 31, inclusive, and from November 1 through December 31, inclusive, of each year.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR450-01-0020 § 3, eff. June 29, 1981; amended, Volume 11, Issue 25, eff. August 3, 1995; Volume 24, Issue 10, eff. January 1, 2008.

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