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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
Chapter 70. Pertaining to the Harvesting of Clams
4/4/2020

4VAC20-70-120. Conventional Dredge.

A. It shall be unlawful to take or catch hard shell clams from any public or unassigned grounds in the tidal waters of the Commonwealth by the use of a conventional dredge except as provided in subsection B of this section.

B. It shall be lawful only between December 1 and April 1, to take or catch hard shell clams by the use of a conventional dredge from unassigned ground on the seaside of Accomack and Northampton counties where the water is more than four feet in depth at mean low water, provided each person complies with all the provisions of this chapter.

C. It shall be unlawful to operate a conventional dredge as permitted in subsection B of this section between one hour before sunset and one hour after sunrise, or on Sunday.

D. Any person who may desire to take or catch hard shell clams from leased ground by the use of a conventional dredge shall comply with all provisions of §§ 28.2-515, 28.2-516, and 28.2-517 of the Code of Virginia, except the provisions thereof relating to planting of seed oysters or shells and the use of said ground for cultivation of oysters.

E. It shall be unlawful for any person to use or have overboard any dredge within the following defined areas: all public waters of Chincoteague Bay and Assateague Bay and Channel lying east of a line that begins at the Virginia/Maryland state line marker "D" at latitude 38°01'10.00" N and longitude 75°19'50.90" W, thence southerly to the boundary marker located at latitude 38°00'19.00" N and longitude 75°20'09.90" W, thence southwesterly to the next boundary marker located at latitude 37°59'52.76" N and longitude 75°20'42.52" W, thence southwesterly to the next boundary marker located at latitude 37°59'35.13" N and longitude 75°21'40.28" W, thence southwesterly to channel marker R "14"' thence southerly to channel marker R "12" located adjacent to corner 627 of the Public Clamming Ground, thence southeasterly to channel marker R "10," thence southeasterly to channel marker G "9," thence southerly to channel marker R "8," thence southerly to channel marker R "6," thence southerly to channel marker R "4," thence southerly to channel marker G "1," thence due east to the shoreline to a point located at latitude 37°56'19.95," and longitude 75°22'17.44".

All public waters lying west of a line that begins at Cockle Point at latitude 37°59'09.54" N and longitude 75°24'25.82" W, thence northeasterly to the next boundary marker located at latitude 37°59'34.09" N and longitude 75°24'03.27" W, thence northeasterly to the next boundary marker located at latitude 38°00'02.69" N and longitude 75°23'36.38" W, thence northeasterly to channel marker Fl G "3."

F. All leased ground within the defined boundaries of subsection E of this section and meeting the provisions of subsection D of this section shall be exempt from the prohibition on dredging.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR450-01-0010 § 4.3, Volume 11, Issue 19, eff. May 2, 1995; amended, Virginia Register Volume 18, Issue 05, eff. December 1, 2001.

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