Conditional Shellfish Harvesting Area Status

Shellfish harvesting waters in Virginia classified as “Conditionally Approved” are in the OPEN status unless a ‘condition’ has been met.  If the condition has been met, the waters identified immediately below will convert to closed (Restricted) status for a set duration of time.

Rainfall-based Conditionally Approved waters are in the CLOSED status for ten days, and open on the eleventh day, when a rainfall ‘condition’ occurs.  When rainfall exceeds the condition threshold for a 24-hour (8pm – 8pm) period, these waters will close.

Unless otherwise classified as condemned by separate order… the current status of Rainfall-based Conditionally Approved Areas for the harvest of oysters, clams and mussels as of Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

Lynnhaven River  Conditional Area C1
– OPEN.

Nansemond River  Conditional Area C2
– OPEN.

Linkhorn Bay  Conditional Area C3
– OPEN.

Pungoteague Creek  Conditional Area C4
– OPEN.

Nandua Creek and tributaries  Conditional Areas C5, C6, and C7
– OPEN

Chuckatuck Creek  Conditional Area C8 and C16 
– OPEN.

Onancock Creek  Conditional Area C9
– OPEN.

Poquoson River and tributaries  Conditional Areas C10 and C11Conditional Areas C12 and C13,  and  Conditional Areas C14 and C15
– OPEN.

 

Number of Rainfall Events, Closed-Day Totals, and Annual Rainfall by Year and Conditional Area: 

2021 (through August 31)
Poquoson Conditional Areas C10, C11, C12, C13, C14, & C15:  7 events  52 days  14.78″   *
Chuckatuck Conditional Area C8 & C16:  13 events  140 days  39.45″
Nansemond Conditional Area C2:  33 events  165 days  42.87″
Lynnhaven Conditional Area C1:  5 events  59 days  32.66″
Linkhorn Conditional Area C3:  5 events  41 days  33.49″
Onancock Conditional Area C9:  3 events  30 days  17.94″   *
Pungoteague Conditional Area C4:  4 events  40 days  24.75″
Nandua Conditional Areas C5, C6, & C7:  4 events  40 days  27.04″

2020
Chuckatuck Conditional Area C8:  1 events  10 days  6.05″   *
Nansemond Conditional Area C2:  46 events  276 days  67.87″
Lynnhaven Conditional Area C1:  11 events  99 days  61.85″
Linkhorn Conditional Area C3:  12 events  103 days  60.67″
Pungoteague Conditional Area C4:  5 events  56 days  48.24″   *
Nandua Conditional Areas C5, C6, & C7:  7 events  63 days  52.46″   *

2019
Nansemond Conditional Area C2:  33 events  215 days  49.30″
Lynnhaven Conditional Area C1:  6 events  60 days  46.40″
Linkhorn Conditional Area C3:  8 events  66 days  46.51″   *

2018
Nansemond Conditional Area C2:  37 events  269 days  51.77″
Lynnhaven Conditional Area C1:  9 events  78 days  55.45″

2017
Nansemond Conditional Area C2:  28 events  194 days  47.91″
Lynnhaven Conditional Area C1:  11 events  104 days  49.43″

2016
Nansemond Conditional Area C2:  10 events  45 days   25.52″   *
Lynnhaven Conditional Area C1:  15 events  111 days  75.13″

2015
Lynnhaven Conditional Area C1:  9 events  69 days  50.51″

2014
Lynnhaven Conditional Area C1:  14 events  114 days  50.92″

2013
Lynnhaven Conditional Area C1:  6 events  51 days  22.43″ *

*  Totals denote a partial year since the date the specific conditional area became active.

 

Waters Classified Seasonally – Open from September 1 through March 31

Effective annually from September 1 – March 31, the following Seasonally Condemned Conditional Areas are OPEN to the harvest of oysters, clams and mussels:

Northern Neck:
GA # 016 – Dymer Creek: Sections S112 and S114
GA # 016 – Indian Creek: Sections S110 and S136
GA # 016 – Tabbs Creek: Section S115

Middle Peninsula:
None.

Lower Peninsula:
None.

South of James River / Southern Hampton Roads:
None.

Eastern Shore:
None.

 

Waters Classified Seasonally – Open from November 1 through March 31

Effective annually from November 1 – March 31, the following Seasonally Condemned Conditional Areas are OPEN to the harvest of oysters, clams and mussels:

Northern Neck:
GA # 004 – Nomini Creek: Sections S124-S125
GA # 005 – Lower Machodoc Creek: Section S4
GA # 006 – Gardner, Jackson and Bonum Creeks: Sections S1-S3, S14 and S203
GA # 007 – Northwest and West Yeocomico Rivers and tributaries: Sections S38-S39
GA # 007 – South Yeocomico River and tributaries: Sections S40-S41 and S96-S97
GA # 008 – Coan River and tributaries: Sections S5-S6, S135 and S172
GA # 008 – Kingscote Creek, Wrights Cove and Glebe Creek: Sections S78, S133 and S173
GA # 009 – Cod Creek: Sections S175-S176
GA # 009 – Hull Creek: Section S177 and S200-S202
GA # 010 – Little Wicomico River and tributaries: Sections S11-S12, S87 and S184-S187
GA # 011 – Gaskin and Owens Pond:  Sections S189-S191
GA # 011 – Taskmakers and Little Taskmakers Creeks: Sections S192-S193
GA # 012 – Cockrell Creek: Section S194

GA # 014 – Mill and Harveys Creeks: Sections S148-S150 and S174
GA # 021L – Lower Corrotoman River tributaries: Sections S52-S53 and S101
GA # 021L – Middle Corrotoman River tributaries: Sections S55-S58, and S103
GA # 021U – Eastern Branch Corrotoman River and tributaries: Sections S59-S60 and S106
GA # 021U – Western Branch Corrotoman River and tributaries: Sections S62-S64 and S105
GA # 022 – Beach Creek: Section S107
GA # 023 – Lancaster and Morattico Creeks: Sections S118-S119
GA # 023 – Mulberry and Deep Creeks: Sections S120-S121

Middle Peninsula:
GA # 032 – Hunting and Sturgeon Creeks: Sections S36-S37
GA # 034 – Healy Creek: Sections S67 and S69
GA # 034 – Cobbs and Wilton Creeks: Sections S70 and S109
GA # 035 – Upper Piankatank River and tributaries: Section S65
GA # 036 – Barn Creek: Section S126
GA # 037 – Queens and Lanes Creeks: Sections S127 and S132
GA # 037 – Stutts and Billups Creeks and tributaries: Sections S128-S130
GA # 041 – Upper East River and tributaries: Sections S42, S43 and S45
GA # 041 – Lower East River and tributaries: Section S46, S165, S166, S197 & S198
GA # 041 – Put In Creek: Section S44
GA # 042 – Lower North River and tributaries: Sections S22 and S160-S161
GA # 042 – Upper North River and tributaries: Sections S23-S24, S159 and S162
GA # 043 – Ware River and tributaries: Section S25-S26 and S188
GA # 048 – Morris Bay, Adams and Bland Creeks and Purtan Bay: Sections S90 and S164

Lower Peninsula:
None.

South of James River / Southern Hampton Roads:
None.

Eastern Shore:
GA # 086 – Mattawoman Creek: Sections S48 and S196

For more information see the Division of Shellfish Safety’s web page at www.vdh.virginia.gov/shellfish, or contact the Division at 804-864-7480 during normal business hours.