Virginia Lifts Commercial Crabbing Daily Work Limits For Hurricane Irene

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Virginia Marine Resources Commissioner Steven G. Bowman has temporarily lifted the time-of-day restrictions on the commercial harvest of crabs, in order to give crabbers plenty of time to get their gear out of the water before Hurricane Irene hits Virginia. The powerful storm is expected to make landfall in Virginia on Sunday.

Commercial crabbing hours at this time of year are limited to 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those daily harvest hour limits will not apply for Thursday Aug. 25 through Saturday Aug. 27, 2011.

Lifting the time of day restrictions on the commercial harvest of crabs is permitted under Regulation 270, Section 30: “D. The lawful daily time periods for the commercial harvest of crabs by crab pot or peeler pot may be rescinded by the Commissioner of Marine Resources when he determines that a pending weather event is sufficient cause for the removal of crab pots from the tidal waters of the Commonwealth.”

source: Virginia Marine Resources Commission

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