Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 20. Marine Resources Commission
7/11/2020

Chapter 520. Pertaining to the Use of Patent Tongs

4VAC20-520-10. Purpose.

In the past there have been numerous incidents of patent tongs used by clam fisherman disrupting electrical service to the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge by severing or damaging submerged electrical cabling adjacent to the bridge. The purpose of this chapter is to prohibit damage to the bridge cables and fishermen and their gear and thereby maintain the general public welfare and safety in the seafood industry.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR450-01-0067 § 1, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 22, eff. July 1, 1995.

4VAC20-520-20. Area closed to patent tonging.

A. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a patent tong under any portion of the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge.

B. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a patent tong within 300 feet of the eastern or downstream side of the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge.

C. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a patent tong on the western or upstream side of the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge within a 400 foot radius of the two center caissons, numbered 1S and 1N.

Statutory Authority

§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR450-01-0067 § 2, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 22, eff. July 1, 1995.

4VAC20-520-30. 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 VR450-01-0067 § 3, Virginia Register Volume 11, Issue 22, eff. July 1, 1995.



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