VMRC lowers daily oyster catch limit

Bill Nachman - Posted on Sep 05, 2012 - 02:35 PM

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission voted Aug. 28 to lower the daily possession limit of oysters from 10 to eight bushels per waterman.

During a meeting at its headquarters in Newport News, the commission also set a 24-bushel daily vessel limit.

In related matters, the commission voted to set the 2012-13 oyster season opening and closing dates and to close the York River Management Area. VMRC spokesman John Bull said that management area will be replaced by a new rotational harvest management plan.

The new management plan, Bull said, would be similar to rotational harvest management plans in the Rappahannock River and off Tangier Island.