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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
Chapter 900. Pertaining to Horseshoe Crab
8/8/2020

4VAC20-900-26. Commercial Gear Restricted Area.

It shall be unlawful for any person to harvest any horseshoe crabs by dredge gear within Virginia Blue Crab Sanctuary Area 2 as described in 4VAC20-752-20. The Virginia Blue Crab Sanctuary Area 2 consists of all tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay that are bounded by a line beginning at the mean low water line of Willoughby Spit at its intersection with the center line of the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel facility, Latitude 36° 58.0456514' N, Longitude 76° 17.8459721' W; thence in a northwesterly direction to a point 200 feet offshore of mean low water, Latitude 36° 58.0637717' N, Longitude 76° 17.8812821' W; thence and following a line in a general easterly direction, said line being 200 feet offshore of the mean low water line, to a point on Ocean View Fishing Pier (formerly Harrison's Fishing Pier), Latitude 36° 57.6985477' N, Longitude 76° 15.5855211' W; thence northeasterly to Thimble Shoal Light, Latitude 37° 00.8708333' N, Longitude 76° 14.3970000' W; thence northeasterly to Cape Charles Lighthouse, Latitude 37° 07.3743333' N, Longitude 75° 54.3898333' W; thence southwesterly along the COLREGS Line to its intersection with the mean low water line of Cape Henry, Latitude 36° 55.6885268' N, Longitude 76° 00.3772955' W; thence, in a general westerly direction, following the mean low water line of the Chesapeake Bay, crossing the mouth of the Lynnhaven River along the north side of the Lesner Bridge and the mouth of Little Creek at the offshore ends of the stone breakwaters and continuing along said mean low water line to a point at its intersection with the center line of the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel facility, said point being the point of beginning.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 30, Issue 10, eff. January 1, 2014.

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