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VMRC to consider Gwynn’s Island reef application

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission will consider an application about a Mathews County project during its meeting at noon Tuesday at commission headquarters in downtown Newport News.

Cherry Point Property Owners, et al, have filed an application requesting authorization to install a precast concrete bio-engineered artificial reef. The agenda said the reef will extend 100 feet channelward of mean low water along the Piankatank River.

The site is adjacent to Lot 7A1 on Old Cherry Point Road on Gwynn’s Island, and the proposed reef is located on additional public grounds defined in the Virginia Code.

In a separate matter, the commission will hold a public hearing pertaining to sharks. Laurie Naismith, the commission’s public information officer, said the commission will consider amending the definitions of small-mesh and large-mesh gill nets used in catching sharks.

A related matter concerns possibly increasing the spiny dogfish limit from 4,000 to 5,000 pounds, per ...

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