A. On-bottom container size shall not exceed
four feet by four feet by one foot.
On-bottom containers shall not be solid
walled, but shall be constructed of a mesh material of sufficient size not to
restrict water flow.
1. Mesh size shall not
be less than one inch measured diagonally across the longest axis of square,
rectangular, or diamond shaped mesh nor less than one-inch diameter for
material shall be nontoxic and not retard shellfish pumping rates.
3. On-bottom containers shall be frequently
cleaned and maintained in such a manner that fouling does not accumulate to the
degree that water flow through the on-bottom container is impeded or fill line
markers are obscured.
On-bottom container height (excluding any legs or skids) shall be no greater
than 12 inches. The on-bottom container shall be marked permanently on the
inside surface supporting the shellfish at the six-inch level (measured from
the bottom) around the entire circumference of the cage in such manner as to be
as described in subsection A of this section, shall be fitted with skids or
legs to hold the on-bottom container off the bottom and constructed in a manner
that will not restrict water flow under the container.
1. Skids shall be no smaller than four inches
by four inches; legs shall be no shorter than four inches.
2. Skids or legs may be larger to ensure that
the container does not rest on the bottom, but cannot be so large as to place
the container at a depth that could constitute a hazard to
E. Access to
each container shall be designed so that it can be secured with a standard
Marine Resources Commission seal so that the container cannot be opened without
breaking the seal.
4 Va. Admin. Code § 20-310-30
VR450-01-0042 § 3, eff. April 1, 1987; amended, Virginia Register Volume
6, Issue 25, eff. August 1, 1990; Volume 11, Issue 22, eff. July 1, 1995;
Volume 16, Issue 19, eff. May 15, 2000.
§ 28.2-201 of the Code of Virginia.