Oysters; season for taking. (SB629)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Season for taking oysters. Extends from March 1 to March 31 the close of the season for taking oysters by patent tongs from public oyster beds, rocks, or shoals. Under current law, the season begins October 1. The bill allows the Marine Resources Commission to close the season for any area in the Commonwealth where the use of patent tongs is permitted when, in its opinion, the condition of the oysters warrants. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/17/2022Presented and ordered printed 22103341D
01/17/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/20/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB629)
01/25/2022Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (14-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/27/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2022Read second time
01/28/2022Reading of amendment waived
01/28/2022Amendment by Senator Stuart agreed to
01/28/2022Engrossed by Senate as amended SB629E
01/28/2022Printed as engrossed 22103341D-E
01/31/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB629E)
01/31/2022Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2022Placed on Calendar
02/22/2022Read first time
02/22/2022Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/25/2022Assigned ACNR sub: Chesapeake
03/02/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N)
03/02/2022Reported from Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (19-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2022Read second time
03/07/2022Read third time
03/07/2022Passed House (94-Y 3-N)
03/07/2022VOTE: Passage (94-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB629ER)
03/10/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB629ER)
03/10/2022Signed by President
03/10/2022Signed by Speaker
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/07/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 135 (effective 7/1/22)
04/07/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0135)


J.C. Hudgins writes:

At the present time there is no patent tong oysters during the month of March, this extension will allow watermen to
continue to work in March until crab potting starts.

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