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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

4VAC20-70-70. License required for use of a hydraulic dredge on public ground.

A. It shall be unlawful for any person, other than an employee of the commission or the Virginia Institute of Marine Science while conducting tests or experiments, to take or catch soft shell clams from any public grounds in the tidal waters of the Commonwealth by the use of a dredge without first obtaining (i) a soft shell clam dredge license for each boat used for such purpose and (ii) a permit for each boat and operator thereof.

B. Any person desiring to take or catch soft shell clams from the public grounds by the use of a hydraulic dredge shall apply to the officer in charge of the district, in writing, describing the area and requesting the privilege to dredge the specific area.

C. Each application shall be reviewed by the commission. The commission shall conduct a public hearing to determine the suitability of the area for the production of oysters, and shall make such further investigations and studies as in its discretion it deems necessary. If the commission deems it wise to permit dredging of soft shell clams in such an area, the area must be surveyed and marked by the commission before a license and permit is issued.

D. If the application is approved by the commission, no person shall have the exclusive use of the area for taking or catching soft shell clams by hydraulic dredge. The area shall be open to the general public for such a purpose provided each person obtains the necessary license and permit and complies with all other provisions of this chapter.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR450-01-0010 § 3.2, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 19, eff. May 2, 1995; amended, Virginia Register Volume 22, Issue 4, eff. December 1, 2005; Volume 31, Issue 23, eff. July 1, 2015.

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