New advances in aquaculture have sparked growth for the oyster industry over the last 15 years, but current harvests are still nowhere near historic levels. Even so, the amount of oyster leases is approaching record highs.
Jennifer Beckensteiner, a Virginia Sea Grant graduate research fellow and Ph.D. candidate at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) is investigating what economic factors and social attitudes might be restricting oyster production. Her research will help oyster growers and resource managers understand and overcome barriers to industry growth.
Written by Madeleine Jepsen
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