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A good winter oyster harvest

Oystermen have come all the way from the Eastern Shore of Virginia this season to harvest Rappahannock River oysters. Before the freezing weather, oystermen were catching their limits by lunchtime. Above, J&W Seafood in Deltaville and W.E. Kellum Seafood of Weems are buying oysters at the docks at Shores and Ruark Seafood on Robinson Creek near Urbanna.  (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry Chowning

Before the big freeze last week, over 100 oyster boats were working on public oyster rocks in areas six and seven in the Rappahannock River and were catching their limits of 16 bushels to a boat before noon each day, reported oystermen up and down the river.

“We are catching our limit by noon every day and they are beautiful oysters,” said oysterman David Robberecht of Cheriton on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

This year’s limits are 8 bushels per licensed watermen per boat and each boat is allowed two licensed oystermen per boat. “We can catch 16 bushels to a boat,” said D. Robberecht. “Last year we could have three licenses to a boat, which meant we could catch 24 bushels per boat.”

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posted 01.10.2018

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