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Public Notice: Pertaining to INTENT TO PURCHASE OYSTERS FOR TRANSPLANTING

SPECIAL PROJECT NOTICE

POCOMOKE AND TANGIER SOUNDS MANAGEMENT AREA

NOTICE OF INTENT TO PURCHASE OYSTERS FOR TRANSPLANTING

Notice is hereby given that the Marine Resources Commission intends to purchase, for replanting, market size (clean cull- 3 inches or larger (>=3")) oysters harvested from public oyster grounds in the Pocomoke and Tangier Sounds Management Area. The project will begin December 1, 1997 and will end when 1) the 2500 bushel limit has been met or 2) if the Commissioner determines that the project is not economically feasible.

Harvester

The agency seeks to contract with all interested harvesters under the following conditions:

- Harvesters must hold a valid Commercial Fisherman Registration License, and must be licensed for a shaft-tong, patent tong or standard oyster dredge which meets the specifications set by the Commission

- Harvesters will be paid $25.00 per bushel of clean cull oysters.

- Daily, all catch will be offloaded onto a transporting vessel or truck provided by the Marine Resources Commission or planted on a program reef site.

- MRC Personnel will be present for the offloading of the harvester's catch to tally and document each harvester's daily catch.

- Oysters will be tallied by the bushel tub and bagged for transporting.

- Interested harvesters must contact, the MRC Conservation and Replenishment Division office, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607, 757-247-2120 or MRC field personnel, so that necessary contract and W-9 tax forms may be completed.

- Payments to the harvester shall be mailed after the end of each work week, upon receipt of proper documentation by the MRC.

TRANSPORTER:

The agency seeks to contract with one transport boat under the following conditions; to transport the oyster harvested as described above.

- The transporter shall be paid $500 per work day, work day to be determined by the Conservation and Replenishment Division Head, in addition for all bushels over 500, transported per week, $3.00 per bushel shall be paid.

- The transporter shall transport the oysters at least once per week, to an area designated and marked by MRC personnel, in the Great Wicomico River or Piankatank River. MRC personnel will be present for the offloading and planting to ensure that all oysters are properly planted.

- All parties interested in the transporting shall notify the CRD office by 12:00 noon on November 21, 1997.

- Should more than one transporter respond, a lottery shall be held at the CRD office, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, VA at 1:00 p.m. on November 21, 1997, to select the transporter for this project. All interested parties are invited to attend. The transporter selected shall be notified in writing.

- Payments to the transporter shall be mailed after the end of each work week, upon receipt of proper documentation by the MRC.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. James A. Wesson, Division Head, Conservation and Replenishment Division, Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607, 757-247-2121.

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