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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
Chapter 260. Pertaining to Designation of Seed Areas and Clean Cull Areas
12/9/2021

4VAC20-260-30. Minimum cull size.

A. It shall be unlawful for any person to take any oysters that measure less than three inches in length from clean cull areas.

B. In the James River seed areas, there shall be no size limit on oysters harvested for replanting, but it shall be unlawful for any person to market any seed oysters for direct human consumption.

C. In the James River seed areas, it shall be unlawful for any person to harvest oysters for direct consumption that are contained in shells that are less than three inches in length.

D. From the seaside of the Eastern Shore, it shall be unlawful for any person to harvest oysters for direct consumption that are contained in shells that are less than three inches in length.

E. There shall be no minimum size limit for oysters raised in aquaculture cages by licensed aquaculture operations.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR450-01-0035 § 3, eff. October 1, 1985; amended, Virginia Register Volume 3, Issue 5, eff. October 29, 1986; Volume 3, Issue 13, eff. March 9, 1987; Volume 4, Issue 1, eff. September 1, 1987; Volume 10, Issue 4, eff. October 15, 1993; Volume 10, Issue 14, eff. February 23, 1994; Volume 11, Issue 17, eff. April 14, 1995; Volume 15, Issue 3, eff. October 1, 1998; Volume 24, Issue 4, eff. October 1, 2007; Volume 25, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2009; Volume 29, Issue 3, eff. October 1, 2012; Volume 29, Issue 12, eff. February 1, 2013; Volume 30, Issue 3, eff. October 1, 2013.

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