State’s oyster harvest up nearly 60 percent
Twelve years ago, about 23,000 bushels of oysters were harvested in Virginia.
During the 2012-2013 season, 406,000 bushels came from public waters and privately leased grounds, says the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. That’s up 60 percent from the 257,000 bushels harvested the previous season, the agency says.
According to a press release, “The state’s oyster harvest is poised to increase even further, if weather and other environmental factors remain unchanged, due to this year’s historic $2 million investment in oyster replenishment. This is a program in which empty oyster shells are spread on state-owned public oyster grounds to provide habitat so naturally occurring oyster larvae can attach to the shells during spawning and grow to form new adult oysters that reach market size in roughly three years.” Read more here.