Virginia shucks oyster taxes, starts user fees

On Monday, Virginia officially shucks its antiquated bushel-based tax system for commercial oyster operations and replaces it with annual user fees. But not all watermen are happy with the new fee system, even if it means less paperwork and more revenue to grow more oysters. “Watermen have got it tight now as it is,” said local waterman Richard L. Green, citing his yearly costs for various commercial licenses, the limited access to public oyster grounds and the hardship of finding an affordable place just to dock his boat. “Add the price of fuel and ain’t no crab, ain’t no fish — I don’t think they can stand no more.” [email protected]

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