Fisheries & Aquaculture

Virginia Sea Grant aims to maintain sustainable and thriving commercial and recreational fisheries and aquaculture production in Virginia through cutting-edge research and “boots on the boat” extension work. Extension staff specialize in commercial wild-caught fisheries, aquaculture, and recreational fisheries. 

half a billion dollars? that's a lot of clams ...and oysters, and crabs, and catfish, and flounder...

Virginia is the third-largest producer of seafood in the United States, and our seafood industry has an annual economic impact of more than half a billion dollars. Virginia Sea Grant extension supports the seafood industry through extension work on topics like food safety and aquaculture, and research that preserves the health of our coastal resources.

The Virginia Coastal Policy Center, in collaboration with other Virginia Sea Grant extension partners, created an introductory guide to oyster aquaculture for people interested in starting their own aquaculture operations.

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