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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
4/4/2020

4VAC20-720-60. Day and Time Limit.

A. It shall be unlawful to take, catch, or possess oysters on Saturday and Sunday from the public oyster grounds or unassigned grounds in the waters of the Commonwealth of Virginia for commercial purposes, except that this provision shall not apply to any person harvesting no more than one bushel per day by hand or ordinary tong for household use only during the season when the public oyster grounds or unassigned grounds are legally open for harvest.

B. It shall be unlawful for any person to harvest or attempt to harvest oysters prior to sunrise or after 2 p.m. from the areas described in 4VAC20-720-40 B 1 through B 10, B 18 through B 21, and C. It shall be unlawful for any person to harvest or attempt to harvest oysters prior to sunrise or after 2 p.m. from the areas described in 4VAC20-720-40 B 11 through B 17 from December 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020. It shall be unlawful for any person to harvest or attempt to harvest oysters prior to sunrise or after 12 noon from the areas described in 4VAC20-720-40 B 11 through B 17 from November 1, 2019, through November 30, 2019, and February 1, 2020, through February 28, 2020. In addition, it shall be unlawful for any boat with an oyster dredge or hand scrape aboard to leave the dock until one hour before sunrise or return to the dock after sunset.

C. On the seaside of the Eastern Shore, it shall be unlawful for any person to harvest by hand or attempt to harvest oysters by hand prior to sunrise or after sunset. It shall be unlawful for any person to harvest oysters by hand tong or attempt to harvest oysters by hand tong prior to sunrise or after 2 p.m.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR450-01-0095 § 6, 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 12, Issue 05, eff. October 27, 1995; Volume 13, Issue 03, eff. October 1, 1996; Volume 14, Issue 03, eff. October 1, 1997; Volume 15, Issue 03, eff. October 1, 1998; 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 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 22, Issue 04, eff. October 1, 2005; Volume 23, Issue 04, eff. October 1, 2006; Volume 23, Issue 21, eff. May 23, 2007; Volume 24, Issue 04, eff. October 1, 2007; Errata, 24:12 VA.R. 1701 February 18, 2008; 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 19, eff. May 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 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 33, Issue 02, eff. August 31, 2016; Volume 34, Issue 02, eff. October 1, 2017; Volume 35, Issue 02, eff. October 1, 2018; Volume 36, Issue 03, eff. October 1, 2019.

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