So you want to grow tasty bivalves? The Virginia Marine Resources Commission is looking to make available about 1,000 acres of prime state-owned water for growing oysters and clams. The agency has been working on a plan, based on legislation sponsored by Del. Albert Pollard, for 15 “aquaculture opportunity zones” on the lower Rappahannock, Mobjack Bay, and around Tangier Island. Blocks of up to five acres would be available, first come, first serve, with a one-time, $100 application fee. The idea is to give commercial watermen a way to supplement their income by growing shellfish on the bottom in cages, but also to open it up to others who may be interested. The agency is expected to approve the plan in January. See my story tomorrow for more details.