Marine Commission considers “aqua zones”
The Virginia Marine Resources Commission is considering an effort to encourage shellfish farming in state waters.
Next month, the Commission is expected to approve more than 1,000 acres in the Rappahannock River, the tributaries of Mobjack Bay in the Northern Neck and around Tangier Island as “aquaculture opportunity zones.”
The 15 aquaculture zones were described yesterday as prime water bottom, places where clams and oysters can be grown in cages.
Under the proposal, the commission will waive the typical fees and related costs that can hit as much as $1,000, in favor of a $100 one-time application fee. Only Virginians can apply.
Fisheries Chief Jack Tavelstead calls the zones “an incredible deal” and said it will ease pressure on wild stocks.
John Ogle, WCVE News