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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
Chapter 610. Pertaining to Commercial Fishing and Mandatory Harvest Reporting

4VAC20-610-25. Oyster aquaculture permit requirements.

A. For the purposes of collecting oyster fisheries statistics from the Virginia aquaculture industry, as authorized by § 28.2-204 of the Code of Virginia and in accordance with § 28.2-613 of the Code of Virginia, which describes conditions that determine the duration of a lease, any oyster aquaculture product owner shall obtain an oyster aquaculture product owner's permit and shall report harvest of any oysters from leased, subleased, or fee simple ground or any aquaculture growing area within or adjacent to Virginia tidal waters in accordance with 4VAC20-610-60.

B. It shall be unlawful for any person, except an oyster aquaculture product owner permittee, oyster aquaculture harvester permittee, or a harvester designated for harvest by an oyster aquaculture product owner vessel permit, to harvest oysters from leased, subleased, or fee simple ground or any aquaculture growing area, within or adjacent to Virginia tidal waters, unless that person is authorized to harvest oysters from areas described in this subsection by an oyster aquaculture product owner.

C. It shall be unlawful for any person permitted as an oyster aquaculture harvester to fail to possess that permit on his person while harvesting unless that person is on a permitted oyster aquaculture product owner vessel and is harvesting oysters of that oyster aquaculture product owner.

D. Minor persons younger than 18 years of age shall be exempt from the requirements to obtain an oyster aquaculture harvester's permit provided that minor person is harvesting oysters under the supervision of a legally permitted oyster aquaculture product owner.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 8, eff. December 1, 2007; amended, Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 10, eff. January 1, 2013.

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