Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
7/9/2020

Chapter 335. Pertaining to on-Bottom Shellfish Aquaculture Activities

4VAC20-335-10. Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to specify the criteria for shellfish aquaculture structures that may be employed on privately leased shellfish planting ground.

Statutory Authority

§§ 28.2-103 and 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 14, Issue 9, eff. January 1, 1998.

4VAC20-335-20. Definitions.

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

"Aquaculture structure" means devices, such as cages, trays, and nets, used to contain or protect shellfish.

"Commission" means the Marine Resources Commission.

"Shellfish" means native molluscan species or molluscan species imported in accordance with § 28.2-825 of the Code of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 14, Issue 9, eff. January 1, 1998; amended, Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 7, eff. January 1, 2016.

4VAC20-335-30. Requirements and conditions.

A. The activity must be conducted on planting ground leased in accordance with Chapter 6 (§ 28.2-600 et seq.) of Title 28.2 of the Code of Virginia.

B. Leased planting ground must be properly marked in accordance with § 28.2-607 of the Code of Virginia and 4VAC20-290.

C. Aquaculture structures shall be delineated with markers meeting the description for markers identified in 4VAC20-290-30. The leaseholder shall also place a minimum of two placards, attached to boundary or corner markers, stating "aquaculture structures." Such placards shall be a minimum of 12 inches by 12 inches, constructed of a durable material, facing outward from the aquaculture structures, and shall be at least four feet above the mean high water line. The chief engineer may approve an alternate plan for marking aquaculture structures. In such a case the chief engineer shall direct or approve the appropriate markers.

D. Any structures placed on the bottom must be nontoxic and shall not be known to leach any materials that would violate any water quality standards set by the Department of Environmental Quality.

E. Structures shall not extend higher than 12 inches above the bottom substrate.

F. No new structures shall be placed on existing stands of submerged aquatic vegetation.

G. No structures may cause more than a minimal adverse effect on navigation.

H. Shellfish must be harvested in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

I. The commission may direct removal of any structures that fail to meet the requirements and conditions of this chapter.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 14, Issue 9, eff. January 1, 1998; amended, Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 7, eff. January 1, 2016.

4VAC20-335-40. 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 32, Issue 7, eff. January 1, 2016.



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