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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
Chapter 754. Pertaining to Importation of Fish, Shellfish or Crustacea into Virginia's Waters

4VAC20-754-20. Definitions.

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

"Atlantic coastal areas" means the tidal waters of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia and the tidal waters of the state of Florida that enter the Atlantic Ocean through lands on the eastern side of the state of Florida north of the southernmost point of the mainland peninsula of Florida.

"Clinical disease" means infection by endemic Perkinsus or Haplosporidium pathogens or QPX that exceeds 5.0% prevalence in a sample or with any single infection of moderate or greater intensity or infection by any non-endemic pathogen.

"Northern broodstock" means clams that originated in Virginia waters or other growing areas on the east coast of the continental United States north of Virginia.

"Shell height" means the straight-line distance from the hinge of the mollusk to its bill.

"Shell length" means the longest straight-line distance on the mollusk from edge to edge.

"VIMS" means the Director of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science or Virginia Institute of Marine Science staff designated by the director to act with the same authority.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR450-01-0102 § 2, eff. February 2, 1995; amended, Virginia Register Volume 38, Issue 9, eff. December 10, 2021.

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