Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
4/10/2020

Chapter 1000. Pertaining to Dredging in Submerged Aquatic Vegetation

4VAC20-1000-10. Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to provide for the conservation of submerged aquatic vegetation in Chincoteague Bay and adjacent waters of the Commonwealth.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 14, Issue 12, eff. January 30, 1998.

4VAC20-1000-20. Definitions.

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

"Areas of submerged aquatic vegetation" means those areas which contain any of the aquatic plant species listed below:

Zostera marina (eelgrass)

Ruppia maritima (widgeon grass)

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 14, Issue 12, eff. January 30, 1998.

4VAC20-1000-30. Dredges prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person to use or have overboard any dredge in any areas of submerged aquatic vegetation or within 218 yards (200 meters) of any areas of submerged aquatic vegetation within those waters of Chincoteague Bay and Assateague Channel and Bay which are bounded on the south by the State Route 175 Chincoteague Causeway and the Assateague Island bridge and on the north by the Virginia-Maryland state line.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 14, Issue 12, eff. January 30, 1998.

4VAC20-1000-40. Penalty.

As set forth in § 28.2-903 of the Code of Virginia, any person violating any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor, and a second or subsequent violation of any provision of this chapter committed by the same person within 12 months of a prior violation is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 14, Issue 12, eff. January 30, 1998.



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