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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
Chapter 310. Pertaining to the Relaying of Shellfish

4VAC20-310-40. Loading and deployment.

A. Areas where any container is to be relayed for commercial purposes shall be clearly marked and easily identified as required in § 28.2-818 of the Code of Virginia.

B. Landing of polluted shellfish, loading of vehicles and containers, and container deployment and harvest shall be conducted under Marine Resources Commission supervision. Scheduling of loading and unloading of vehicles and containers shall be determined by marine police area supervisors.

C. Containers shall be deployed and spaced in such a manner and spacing so that different lots are separated and easily identified.

1. Spacing between adjacent groups of containers shall be a minimum of 25 feet.

2. Individual containers shall be no closer than six feet from any other container within the group.

D. The maximum height of shellfish loaded into any one container shall not exceed six inches, measured from the bottom of the container.

E. Each container deployed shall be sealed with a Marine Resources Commission standard seal and the seal number recorded. Shellfish harvested from polluted waters for containerized relaying shall be under Marine Resources Commission seal before sunset. Marine police officers are the only persons authorized to seal vehicles and containers and break the seals on vehicles and containers used in the transporting and relaying of shellfish from polluted areas.

Statutory Authority

§§ 28.2-201 and 28.2-801 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR450-01-0042 § 4, eff. April 1, 1987; amended, Virginia Register Volume 6, Issue 25, eff. August 1, 1990; Volume 11, Issue 22, eff. July 1, 1995; Volume 16, Issue 19, eff. May 15, 2000; Volume 22, Issue 4, eff. October 1, 2005.

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