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Ray McElligott, right, of Gloucester Point, owner of the workboat “Chesapeake,” and David Westcott of Seaford cull oysters they dredged with a hand scrape from the Rappahannock River on Oct. 9. The catch was bountiful that day, but supplies have dwindled as a hundred boats or more have worked the area daily. Photo by Sherry Hamilton
Oystermen, above, on the workboat “Miss Paula” call out to Virginia Marine Patrol officers patrolling oyster grounds in the Rappahannock River on Oct. 9. Photo by Sherry Hamilton
Ray McElligott of Gloucester Point displays the stick he uses to measure oysters as he culls his catch. Photo by Sherry Hamilton
Laurie Naismith, left, public relations manager for the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, talks with Marine Patrol Capt. Jamie Green, center, and 1st Sgt. Chris Miller as they patrol oyster bottom in the Rappahannock River on Oct. 9. Photo by Sherry Hamilton
Marine Patrol Capt. Jamie Green, left, and 1st Sgt. Chris Miller keep an eye out for oyster boats that may be running afoul of the law on Oct. 9.
Oyster boats on the Rappahannock River on Oct. 9. Photo by Sherry Hamilton
Oyster boats on the Rappahannock River on Oct. 9. Photo by Sherry Hamilton
Oyster boats on the Rappahannock River on Oct. 9. Photo by Sherry Hamilton
Oyster boats on the Rappahannock River on Oct. 9. Photo by Sherry Hamilton
Oyster boats on the Rappahannock River on Oct. 9. Photo by Sherry Hamilton
Oyster boats on the Rappahannock River on Oct. 9. Photo by Sherry Hamilton
Oyster boats on the Rappahannock River on Oct. 9. Photo by Sherry Hamilton
Oyster boats on the Rappahannock River on Oct. 9. Photo by Sherry Hamilton
Oyster boats on the Rappahannock River on Oct. 9. Photo by Sherry Hamilton
Oyster boats on the Rappahannock River on Oct. 9. Photo by Sherry Hamilton
Oyster boats on the Rappahannock River on Oct. 9. Photo by Sherry Hamilton
Oyster boats on the Rappahannock River on Oct. 9. Photo by Sherry Hamilton
Oyster boats on the Rappahannock River on Oct. 9. Photo by Sherry Hamilton
 
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