Aquaculture of hard clams and oysters in
Virginia broke records during 2014. There
were 243 million hard clams sold and 39.8
million oysters—totaling over $56 million
“We continue to be strong, and our industry continues to be strong and continues to
grow in the oyster culture, specifically,”
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said Karen Hudson at the Virginia Institute
of Marine Science (VIMS) in Gloucester
Point. “It’s exciting for the state, it’s a lot of
revenue that comes into the Commonwealth, and it’s a lot of jobs.”
According to VMRC, there were 836 aquaculture licenses for oysters in 2014 and
318 for hard clams.
Volunteers from all over Virginia—Hampton
Roads to Northern Virginia, from the Eastern
Shore to the Shenandoah Valley—will work to
clean up their local creeks, streams, and
rivers as they do every year. Elected officials,
their staffs, military men and women, scout
groups, churches, small businesses, large
corporations, and thousands of individuals
and families will turn out for this year’s
Clean the Bay Day on June 6, 2015.