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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
Chapter 720. Pertaining to Restrictions on Oyster Harvest
8/14/2020

4VAC20-720-40. Open Oyster Harvest Season and Areas.

A. It shall be unlawful for any person to harvest oysters from public and unassigned grounds outside of the seasons and areas set forth in this section.

B. It shall be unlawful to harvest clean cull oysters from the public oyster grounds and unassigned grounds except during the lawful seasons and from the lawful areas as described in this subsection.

1. James River Seed Area, including the Deep Water Shoal State Replenishment Seed Area: October 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020 (hand tong only).

2. Milford Haven: December 1, 2019, through February 28, 2020 (hand tong only).

3. Rappahannock River Area 9: November 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019 (hand tong only).

4. Rappahannock River Area 7: October 1, 2019, through October 31, 2019 (hand tong only).

5. Little Wicomico River: October 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019 (hand tong only).

6. Coan River Area: October 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019 (hand tong only).

7. Yeocomico River Area: October 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019 (hand tong only).

8. Nomini Creek Area: October 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019 (hand tong only).

9. York River Rotation Area 2: November 1, 2019, through November 30, 2019 (hand tong only).

10. James River Areas 1, 2, and 3: October 1, 2019, through October 31, 2019 (hand tong only).

11. York River Rotation Area 2: February 1, 2020, through February 28, 2020 (hand scrape only).

12. Rappahannock River Rotation Area 2: November 1, 2019, through November 30, 2019, and February 1, 2020, through February 28, 2020 (hand scrape only).

13. Rappahannock River Rotation Area 4: December 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020 (hand scrape only).

14. Great Wicomico River Rotation Area 1: December 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019, and February 1, 2020, through February 28, 2020 (hand scrape only).

15. James River Areas 1, 2, and 3: November 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020 (hand scrape only).

16. Pocomoke Sound Rotation Area 1: December 1, 2019, through February 28, 2020 (dredge only).

17. Tangier Sound Rotation Area 1: December 1, 2019, through February 28, 2020 (dredge only).

18. Deep Rock Area: December 1, 2019, through February 28, 2020 (patent tong only).

19. Rappahannock River Rotation Area 2: October 1, 2019, through October 31, 2019 (patent tong only).

20. Rappahannock River Rotation Area 4: November 1, 2019, through November 30, 2019 (patent tong only).

21. Rappahannock River Rotation Area 1: February 1, 2020, through February 28, 2020 (patent tong only).

22. Seaside of the Eastern Shore (for clean cull oysters only): November 1, 2019, through March 31, 2020 (by hand and hand tong only).

C. It shall be unlawful to harvest seed oysters from the public oyster grounds or unassigned grounds, except during the lawful seasons. The harvest of seed oysters from the lawful areas is described in this subsection.

1. James River Seed Area: October 1, 2019, through May 31, 2020 (hand tong only).

2. Deep Water Shoal State Replenishment Seed Area: October 1, 2019, through May 31, 2020 (hand tong only).

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR450-01-0095 § 4, eff. October 1, 1993; amended, Volume 10, Issue 14, eff. February 23, 1994; Volume 11, Issue 03, eff. October 5, 1994; Volume 11, Issue 07, eff. December 1, 1994; Volume 11, Issue 16, eff. April 4, 1995; Volume 12, Issue 03, eff. October 1, 1995; Volume 13, Issue 03, eff. October 1, 1996; Volume 13, Issue 07, eff. December 1, 1996; Volume 14, Issue 03, eff. October 1, 1997; Volume 15, Issue 03, eff. October 1, 1998; Volume 15, Issue 20, eff. June 1, 1999; Volume 16, Issue 03, eff. October 1, 1999; Volume 16, Issue 12, eff. February 4, 2000; Volume 17, Issue 03, eff. October 1, 2000; Volume 18, Issue 03, eff. October 1, 2001; Volume 18, Issue 09, eff. January 1, 2002; Volume 19, Issue 03, eff. October 1, 2002; Volume 19, Issue 09, eff. December 27, 2002; Volume 20, Issue 04, eff. October 8, 2003; Volume 20, Issue 06, eff. November 1, 2003; Volume 20, Issue 10, eff. January 1, 2004; Volume 20, Issue 14, eff. March 1, 2004; Volume 21, Issue 04, eff. October 1, 2004; Volume 21, Issue 08, eff. December 1, 2004; Volume 21, Issue 14, eff. March 1, 2005; Volume 22, Issue 04, eff. October 1, 2005; Volume 22, Issue 10, eff. January 1, 2006; Volume 23, Issue 04, eff. October 1, 2006; Volume 24, Issue 04, eff. October 1, 2007; Volume 24, Issue 12, eff. February 1, 2008; Volume 25, Issue 03, eff. October 1, 2008; Volume 26, Issue 04, eff. October 1, 2009; Volume 26, Issue 14, eff. March 1, 2010; Volume 27, Issue 03, eff. October 1, 2010; Volume 28, Issue 03, eff. October 1, 2011; Volume 29, Issue 03, eff. October 1, 2012; Volume 30, Issue 03, eff. October 1, 2013; Volume 30, Issue 04, eff. November 1, 2013; Volume 31, Issue 02, eff. October 1, 2014; Volume 32, Issue 01, eff. September 1, 2015; Volume 32, Issue 04, eff. October 1, 2015; Volume 32, Issue 06, eff. November 1, 2015; Volume 32, Issue 12, eff. February 1, 2016; Volume 33, Issue 02, eff. August 31, 2016; Volume 34, Issue 02, eff. October 1, 2017; Volume 35, Issue 02, eff. October 1, 2018; Volume 35, Issue 09, eff. December 11, 2018; Volume 36, Issue 03, eff. October 1, 2019.

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