NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Starting next month, a new law will help the Virginia Marine Resources Commission crack down on oyster thieves.
Anyone caught stealing from a sanctuary could now lose their license for five years. That’s an increase from the current maximum penalty of two years.
Also anyone caught fishing with a revoked license, could face a $10,000 fine.
If the money is not paid on time, the VMRC now has the power to put liens on your personal property.
Representatives say the changes are necessary because people keep stealing from oyster sanctuaries.