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Oyster Harvesting A Growing Virginia Industry

By December 4, 2012

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Virginia is the nation's third largest seafood producer and the improvements in oyster harvesting over the last decade have made the Virginia Oyster a premier culinary treat. Historically, oysters were only available during the cooler months of the year, the months containing the letter R. Modern aquaculture techniques have dramatically changed the industry and great tasting oysters are now produced year round. Virginia has seven different oyster regions and the Lynnhaven River is one of the waterways that has made a major contribution to the dramatic increase in the healthy oyster population. The oyster population of the Lynnhaven River had been decimated due to pollution and overpopulation in the 1990s. In 2005, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Lynnhaven River Now and the Lynnhaven Oyster Company came together to restore the native oysters, building sanctuary oyster reefs and reproducing them in a sustainable environment. Oysters are now thriving and are a keystone to the health of the river's ecosystem. Read more about Virginia Oysters.

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