Proposes to change the current classification of the State of Delawares Jurisdictional waters of the Atlantic Ocean to the Prohibited classification for bi-valve shellfish. The current classification of the Atlantic Ocean Shellfish Growing Area (GA-7) is Approved but there is no commercial or recreational bi-valve shellfish harvest that occurs in this growing area and the state resources to maintain current sampling and classification work is costly and provides no added benefit to the State.
The purpose of this action is to change the Atlantic Ocean (GA-7) to Prohibited. By changing the classification status, it will save the state thousands of dollars annually with no impact to the public which utilizes the States shellfish resources. If a viable fishery was determined to exist in the Atlantic Ocean in the future, the area could be reclassified to support the fishery. Seagrass beds will be added as Prohibited shellfish harvesting areas. The Delaware Fishing Guide has listed that clamming cannot occur within seagrass beds. This addition will make the Prohibited shellfish harvesting classification consistent with the restriction of clamming in seagrass beds referenced in the fishing guide for over ten years. The definition of shellfish seed and maximum seed size will be added to Shellfish Sanitation regulations to be consistent with current Fish and Wildlife regulations on shellfish aquaculture in the Inland Bays.
Richardson & Robbins Building
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Dover DE 19901
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The proposed amendments may be inspected at the Departments offices located at 100 W. Water Street, Suite 10-B, Dover, DE 19904, or are available by calling the Watershed Assessment and Management Section at (302) 739-9939. Public comment period on the proposed amendments to 7 DE Admin Code 7402 will be open through 4:30 PM on February 1st, 2019. Submit written comments or request additional information via e-mail to Bethany.email@example.com or via the USPS to Bethany Fiske, Hearing Officer.
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