Shell collection is allowed at areas that are open to recreational use. However, shell collection for commercial purposes (i.e. reselling) is strictly prohibited on all Virginia barrier islands. On Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (CNWR), each person can only collect one gallon or less of unoccupied shells. Collection of sea glass or driftwood is prohibited on CNWR.
This project was funded by The Nature Conservancy with support from The Volgenau Foundation and by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program led by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality through Grant #NA17NOS4190152 of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended. All Explore Our Seaside partners also contributed significant time and effort to the project.
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