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VMRC to hold hearing on oyster harvest

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission will hold a public hearing at noon Tuesday at commission headquarters in downtown Newport News to receive comments pertaining to restrictions on oyster harvest.

One proposed change is to close the Pultz Bar in the Mobjack Bay area of Mathews, VMRC spokesperson Laurie Naismith said, while the other change would establish a trial allowance of hand tong gear on seaside of the Eastern Shore (for clean cull oysters only).

In addition, the commission will hold a separate public hearing pertaining to identification of crab pots, peeler pots and fish pots.

Naismith said the commission proposes to require marking requirements for eel pots with an identification number. The proposed change is to conform to recent changes pertaining to license requirements and license fees. ...

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