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February 2017

February 21, 2017:  Due to the release of an unknown amount of diesel fuel leaking from a sunken vessel, Emergency Shellfish Closure # 046-081 “Perrin River” in Gloucester County has been issued effective February 21, 2017 through March 7, 2017. The Division of Shellfish Sanitation will be conducting monitoring of seawater and shellfish to determine if the area can safely be opened sooner. Details may be found through a link available on the Division’s home page.

February 15, 2017:
The Virginia Marine Resources Commission is accepting nominations to fill a vacancy on the Virginia Recreational Fishing Advisory Board (RFAB) for a three-year term. All members are given the opportunity to continue serving additional three-year terms at the pleasure of the Commissioner of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. We hope to receive recommendations for members from Virginia Beach and Southside areas or the Eastern Shore. Please submit nominations to Alicia Nelson ( by February 27, 2017 – the nomination request is attached. [Notice]

January 2017

January 26, 2017: Please click on the link to see an announcement from the National Marine Fisheries Service regarding a closure of recreational cobia fishing in federal waters. [NMFS Notice]

January 24, 2017: The Commission today presented a plaque to oyster Conservation and Replenishment Officer Dr. Jim Wesson and thanked him for 25 years of service to the Commonwealth and the agency. Dr. Wesson is retiring and has been the architect of the recent years’ success in oyster restoration. Over the past decade, the oyster harvest has grown from 24,000 bushels in 2004 to 619,000 bushels last year. In other action, the Commission revoked the license and tidal fishing privileges of a commercial waterman for one year for participating in harvest activities while under license revocation for previous violations. [Meeting Summary]

January 3, 2017: The agency has reconfigured the boundaries of the oyster sanctuaries in the Rappahannock River by the Norris bridge. The new boundaries give watermen a substantial transit area of roughly three-quarters of a mile when going past the bridge in the mainstem of the river. This is being done so no one will inadvertently risk crossing the sanctuaries with dredge gear when going to or from designated harvest areas. Here is a new map of the area. [Sanctuary Boundary Map]

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