Locally Sourced, Nationally Recognized

Quality Inspected and Fresh Everyday. Virginia’s quality control and regulatory standards for water quality and processing plants are recognized among the most stringent in the nation. Virginia’s water and product are policed by a number of regulatory agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Virginia Department of Health, Division of Shellfish Sanitation, and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. Additionally, Virginia Tech scientists and engineers work with processors to monitor and improve control procedures in shellfish and finfish plants throughout the state.

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Did you know Virginia was in the Aquaculture Oyster Business?

The shellfish aquaculture industry in Virginia continues to grow, adding significant value to the State’s seafood marketplace. The numbers of market oysters sold by Virginia growers increased in 2012 by 21 percent to roughly 28 million and they planted 66.7 million single oysters.The total revenue for oyster aquaculturists (not including spat on shell production) was $9.5 million in 2012. Virginia ranks third in the Nation and first on the East Coast in seafood landings.Come by the Virginia Marine Products Board booth number 1617 and sample the flavors of Virginia oysters. We are the marketing arm for the Virginia seafood industry.

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