Seaside Special Area Management Plan (SAMP)
Project Description as Proposed:
The Seaside SAMP began in FY 2008 under Virginia’s previous Section 309 Strategy. FY 2011 marks the 4th year of the Seaside SAMP effort and its first year under Virginia’s FY 2011-15 Section 309 Strategy. Thus during FY 11 and 12 the effort will move into the implementation phase.
The 2011 General Assembly passed a Senate Joint Resolution 330 which resolves that “the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission be requested to jointly study ways the subaqueous bottomland on the seaside of Virginia's Eastern Shore might be better utilized. The joint study shall examine how these bottomlands can be utilized to (i) support the management and fishery of wild shellfish populations, (ii) promote sustainable shellfish aquaculture, (iii) enhance habitat restoration, and (iv) protect natural resources.”
This resolution fits well with the Seaside SAMP and provides a legislative request to use the work already completed through earlier SAMP . The resolution goes on to say, “In conducting the study, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission shall: 1. Consider data provided by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and others on use suitability and user conflicts associated with the current designations; 2. Identify preferred options for making adjustments to the designation of public shellfish grounds; and 3. Make recommendations for legislative and regulatory actions required to implement a more flexible and effective management approach toward managing subaqueous bottomland on the seaside of the Eastern Shore.
The joint study shall include the participation of a commercial waterman, a commercial shellfish aquaculturist, a representative of the Virginia Seafood Council, and any private person or entity that owns more than 50 percent of the privately owned land area of the Eastern Shore barrier islands.”
This FY 2011 Seaside SAMP task will be used to help VMRC and VIMS carry out the requirements of SJR 330.
Laura McKay, 804.698-4323; Laura.McKay@deq.virginia.gov
Final Product Received:
Project Summary Provided by Grantee:
Disclaimer: This project summary provides the federal dollars initially awarded to the grantee. Due to underexpenditure or reprogramming of grant funds, this figure may change. For more information on the allocation of coastal grant funds, please contact Laura McKay, Virginia Coastal Program Manager, at 804.698.4323 or email: Laura.McKay@deq.virginia.gov
A more detailed Scope of Work for this project is available. Please direct your request for a copy to Virginia.Witmer@deq.virginia.gov