County backs halt on underwater cages

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
5 January 2007, at 12:00am

GLOUCESTER - Gloucester supervisors joined a regional planning commission Wednesday in asking Virginia's marine regulatory agency to stop issuing new permits for underwater structures larger than 12 inches while water use conflicts are studied.

In October, the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission approved a resolution asking for the VMRC moratorium while an analysis is conducted of user conflicts centered near the confluence of the York River and Sarah Creek.

On Wednesday, five Gloucester supervisors voted to support the resolution. At-large Representative Louise Theberge opposed the resolution and Gloucester Point Supervisor John Adams abstained.

The study was proposed after conflicts arose this summer between entrepreneurs engaged in oyster farming using submerged metal cages and nearby waterfront homeowners, recreational boaters and traditional watermen who share the same waters.

Source: Daily Press