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Oyster season extended 7 days

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The Rappahannock River oyster hand dredge season on public oyster rock has been extended seven days to February 9. Some oystermen lost 14 days of work due to the recent winter freeze. The season was originally scheduled to close January 31. Above is a photo from last year’s harvest on the Rappahannock. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry Chowning

Members of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) voted on Tuesday, January 23, to extend the public oyster hand scrape season on five harvest areas for seven days due to “unseasonably frigid weather conditions” that kept watermen frozen in for as much as two weeks in December and January. The five harvest areas will remain open through February 9.

The agency’s Shellfish Management Advisory Committee will meet Thursday, February 1, to make recommendations on whether to extend the oyster season in harvest areas scheduled to close February 28.

Two of the five areas are on the Rappahannock River. These areas range from Towles Point near Bertrand in Lancaster County to Smokey Point near Water View in Middlesex County. Area one on the York River and two areas on the Great Wicomico River also had their seasons extended.

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posted 01.31.2018

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