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No Extension for Oyster Season on VA River

The oyster harvesting season on the James River won't be extended.

In recent years, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission has extended the season by two months to allow watermen to catch oysters using only hand tongs.

This year's season ended Saturday. The commission declined last week to extend it.

Commission spokesman John M.R. Bull tells The Daily Press that the oyster season opened early this year. The move was aimed at helping watermen take advantage of demand created by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Bull says the commission also extended the dredging season by four weeks in February.

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