Current through Register Vol.. 38, No. 17, April 11, 2022
harvest to be sold for public consumption.
Any relay container shall remain in the relaying area for a minimum of 15 days
in water temperatures above 50%90F and in salinities sufficient to assure
effective cleansing through active pumping. If a relay area is closed due to a
pollution event during the relay process, the 15-day relay period shall
coincide with the reopening of the area.
2. Requests to harvest specific containers
shall be made to the marine police officer, specifying which sealed containers
have been released for harvest by the Virginia Department of Health.
3. No shellfish shall be reharvested until a
Permit to Remove Shellfish is received from the Virginia Department of Health.
The seal on each container shall not be broken by anyone except a marine police
4. After the seal is
broken, the reharvested shellfish shall be moved into the certified shellstock
storage facility (if provided) for washing, grading, bagging, tagging, and
storage prior to shipment. Shellfish packed on boats, monitors or barges shall
be immediately transferred to a certified shellstock storage facility or an
enclosed vehicle for shipment to market or other certified dealers. No
shellfish shall be washed, graded, bagged, or stored onshore or on a dock
unless protected facilities are provided and approved by the Virginia
Department of Health.
Noncommercial, private use.
relaying activity will be permitted from June 1 through September 30. All
containers shall remain in the clean relay area for a minimum of 15 consecutive
days. In the event the clean relay area is closed due to a pollution event
during the relay process, the 15-day relay period shall start over when the
area is reopened. For private noncommercial purposes, the container should be
marked with a yellow flag for the entire relay period.
2. Requests should be made to the local
marine police office to obtain a noncommercial relay permit (MRC 59) by the
relayer. The marine police officer will then approve the clean relay site. The
Conservation and Replenishment Department at the VMRC main office shall be
contacted to obtain the report forms that must be completed to receive a permit
to remove the shellfish. These reports, completed and signed, shall be returned
in a timely manner to the Conservation and Replenishment Department to avoid
delay in receiving a Virginia Department of Health permit for removing the
3. No shellfish shall be
harvested until a permit to remove the shellfish is received from the Virginia
Department of Health. After the 15-day relay period and receipt of the permit
by the relayer, the yellow flag may be removed and the shellfish
4 Va. Admin.
VR450-01-0042 § 5, 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; Volume 22, Issue 4, eff. October 1,
§§ 28.2-201 and 28.2-801 of the Code of Virginia.