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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
Chapter 560. Pertaining to Shellfish Management Areas
4/7/2020

4VAC20-560-20. Shellfish Management Areas.

A. The Poquoson River Shellfish Management Area shall consist of all public grounds bounded by a line beginning at Hunts Point Survey Taylor and running northwesterly to Survey Station Spit; thence northeasterly to Survey Station Cabin North; thence east to Survey Station Cabin South; thence southeasterly following the general shoreline (not to include any creeks or canals) to the flag pole near Survey Station 80 at York Point; thence 175 degrees to Day Marker No. 14 and returning to Hunts Point Survey Taylor.

B. The Back River Shellfish Management Area shall consist of all current public clamming grounds bounded by a line from corner 3 on Shell Plant 115 through corner 17, a daymarker, on Shell Plant 115, 237.42 feet to a point being the point of beginning; thence southeasterly to corner number 1 Public Clamming Ground (PCG#12); thence southeasterly to corner number 3A Public Clamming Ground (PCG#12); thence northeasterly to corner number 3 Public Clamming Ground (PCG#12); thence northwesterly to corner number 2 Public Clamming Ground (PCG#12); thence southwesterly to the POB. Also, for a period of one year, throughout 1994, Shell Plant 115 will also be included in the Back River Shellfish Management Area.

C. The James River Broodstock Management Area is located inside Public Ground No. 1, Warwick County, south of the James River Bridge, further described as follows: Beginning at a corner number 611 (State Plane Coordinates North 249766.12 East 2596017.56); thence Grid Azimuth 308-39-51, 1074.35' to a corner number 613 (State Plane Coordinates North 250437.32 East 2595178.68); thence Grid Azimuth 28-15-00, 366.30' to a corner number 614 (State Plane Coordinates North 250759.99 East 2595352.06); thence Grid Azimuth 132-36-45, 1114.51' to a corner number 612 (State Plane Coordinates North 250005.43 East 2596172.28); thence Grid Azimuth 212-53-03, 284.97' to a corner number 611, being the point of beginning, containing 8.04 acres.

D. The York River Broodstock Management Area shall consist of the area under any portion of the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge, in addition to the area within 300 feet of the eastern, or downstream, side of the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge and the area within 300 feet of the western, or upstream, side of the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge.

E. The Newport News Shellfish Management Area shall consist of the area bounded by a line beginning at the point of intersection of the downstream side of the James River Bridge (U.S. Route 17 - northbound), east of the draw span and the western boundary of Public Ground No. 1, Warwick County (City of Newport News), said point being at NAD 1983, latitude 37° 00.2694609' N., longitude 76° 27.9896511' W.; thence east southeasterly along the boundary to a corner of Public Ground No. 1, Warwick County, latitude 37° 00.1982568' N., longitude 76° 27.8155397' W.; thence southeasterly along the boundary to a corner, latitude 36° 59.9941747' N., longitude 76° 27.5831952' W.; thence northeasterly along the boundary to the intersection of the Condemned Shellfish Area Line, Area 056-007-A, as established by the Virginia Department of Health effective January 8, 2014, latitude 37° 00.0789081' N., longitude 76° 27.4512191' W.; thence southeasterly following the condemned area boundary to a point near the offshore end of the Newport News Shipbuilding floating dry dock located at latitude 36° 59.2816669' N., longitude 76° 26.7950000' W.; thence to the northwest corner of the Virginia Port Authority container pier, latitude 36° 58.1833333' N., longitude 76° 26.0150000' W.; thence southeasterly to a point near the end of a coal loading pier, latitude 36° 57.9883333' N., longitude 76° 25.8316667' W.; thence southeasterly to a point near the end of a coal loading pier, latitude 36° 57.7483333' N., longitude 76° 25.4416667' W.; thence southeasterly to the northwest corner of the south island of the Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel, latitude 36° 56.8799995' N, longitude 76° 24.3399996' W.; thence southerly along the upstream side of the Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge Tunnel to the first overhead light structure on the bridge tunnel north of the small boat channel hump, latitude 36° 55.6035310' N., longitude 76° 24.5674263' W.; thence northwesterly to the easternmost corner of Oyster Lease, Plat File 10091(Johnson, III or successors), latitude 36° 55.9505383' N., longitude 76° 25.0031248' W.; thence northwesterly to the northernmost corner of said lease, latitude 36° 56.2062064' N., longitude 76° 25.4039147 W.; thence westerly to the easternmost corner of Public Ground No. 2, Nansemond County (City of Suffolk), latitude 36° 56.2025195' N., longitude 76° 25.4339957' W.; thence northwesterly to the southwest corner of Oyster Lease, Plat File 20663 (Melzer/Burton or successors), latitude 36° 56.8957714' N., longitude 76°26.6177905' W.; thence northeasterly to a lease corner, latitude 36° 56.9688138' N., longitude 76° 26.4028827' W.; thence north-northwesterly to a lease corner, latitude 36° 58.2820197' N., longitude 76° 27.2355278' W.; thence northwesterly to a lease corner, latitude 36° 58.4440126' N., longitude 76° 27.3919892' W.; thence northwesterly to a corner on Oyster Lease, Plat File 20662 (Burton/Burton, Jr. or successors), latitude 36° 59.0856691' N., longitude 76° 27.9659794' W., thence northwesterly to a point on the boundary of Oyster Lease, Plat File 20662, latitude 36° 59.3207135' N., longitude 76° 28.4650941' W.; thence northeasterly to the southern corner of Oyster Lease, Plat File 20699 (Green or successors), latitude 36° 59.4032421' N., longitude 76° 28.3778693' W.; thence northeasterly to a lease corner, latitude 36° 59.7192188' N., longitude 76° 28.0438774' W.; thence north-northwesterly to the extending through the northern corner of Oyster Lease, Plat File 20699, to a point on the downstream side of the James River Bridge (U.S. Route 17 - northbound), latitude 37° 00.0685852' N., longitude 76° 28.2312958' W.; thence northeasterly along the downstream side of the bridge to a point east of the draw span and the intersection of the western boundary of Public Ground No. 1, Warwick County (City of Newport News), said point being the point of beginning.

F. The Back River Reef Broodstock Management Area shall consist of the area within a 2000' radius of the center buoy, with a position of 37° 08' 12" north, 76° 13' 54" west.

G. The Middle Ground Light Broodstock Management Area shall consist of the area within a 1000' radius of the navigational light, with a position of 36° 56.7' north, 76° 23.5' west.

H. The York Spit Reef Broodstock Management Area shall consist of the area contained within the defined latitudes and longitudes: northwest corner 37° 14' 75" N—076° 14' 20" W, northeast corner 37° 14' 75" N—076° 13' 30" W, southwest corner 37° 14' 05" N—076° 14' 20" W, southeast corner 37° 14' 05" N—076° 13' 30" W.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR450-01-0073 § 2, eff. September 9, 1991; amended, Volume 09, Issue 10, eff. January 1, 1993; Volume 10, Issue 09, eff. January 1, 1994; Volume 11, Issue 14, eff. March 9, 1995; Volume 13, Issue 03, eff. October 3, 1996; Volume 13, Issue 18, eff. May 1, 1997; Volume 14, Issue 18, eff. May 1, 1998; Errata, 18:14 VA.R. March 25, 2002; Volume 18, Issue 16, eff. April 1, 2002; Volume 22, Issue 19, eff. April 28, 2006; Volume 29, Issue 02, eff. September 1, 2012; Volume 31, Issue 25, eff. August 1, 2015.

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