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Below are the links to the updated shellfish closures cond054-021 "Back River” and cond054-215 "Harris River, Long and Grunland Creeks". Both are found in the Cities of Hampton and Poquoson and both are scheduled to go into effect 18 October 2018.
A conditional management plan was written that supports seasonal closures in portions of the Back River and its tributaries in Growing Area # 54 in Hampton and Poquoson. The Conditionally Approved (Seasonally Condemned) areas will be labeled in these shellfish closure documents as Sections S98 and S99. The conditionally classified areas will remain in closed status from April 1 through October 31 corresponding to the warmer months when bacteria concentrations more frequently exceed the NSSP standard.
1- To the Registrar: This order is being filed with your office pursuant to § 2.2-4103 of the Code of Virginia. Please confirm receipt of this email & order.
2- ALL nineteen (19) acres in OLD Section E (Grunland Cr) were OPENED.
3- One hundred eight (108) acres of Section A (NW Br Back River) were RECLASSIFIED to "Conditionally Approved" (Seasonally Condemned) and LABELED as NEW Section S98.
4- Above item created NEW Section E (Tabbs Cr) from part of the restricted condemned waters in Section B (NW Br Back River).
5- One hundred thirty-two (132) acres of Section B (SW Br Back River) were RECLASSIFIED to "Conditionally Approved" (Seasonally Condemned) and LABELED as NEW Section S99.
6- Ninety-seven (97) acres of Section B (SW Br Back River) were RECLASSIFIED to "Seasonally Condemned" (marina based) and MERGED into existing Section M2 (SW Br Back River).
7- Ten (10) acres in Section C (Grunland Cr) were OPENED