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VSU to host fish cage-building workshop

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Virginia State University’s Aquaculture Program will hold a fish cage-building workshop from 1:30-5 p.m. on April 27 at VSU’s Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road.

Oyster population on the rise thanks, in part, to farmers

While you’re celebrating Virginia Oyster Month in November, be sure to thank a farmer. 

Aquaculture is helping to boost Virginia oyster harvest

Virginia’s oyster harvest rose 25 percent last year, passing the 500,000-bushel mark. The dockside value of that harvest increased to $22.2 million, with an estimated economic impact of over $58 million.

Advisory committees help Virginia’s oyster growers thrive

Virginia’s shellfish industry continues to thrive and grow, and on Aug. 5 shellfish lovers everywhere will celebrate National Oyster Day.

Virginia continues to lead in clam and oyster aquaculture

According to the 2015 Virginia Shellfish Aquaculture Situation and Outlook Report issued this month, Virginia shellfish producers sold $48.3 million in clams and oysters last year. Virginia’s hard clam sales of $32.3 million once again led the nation, while its $16 million in oyster sales is the front-runner among East Coast states. 

State’s trout farms see some growth but face challenges

Weather challenges and unchecked predators are limiting the growth of Virginia’s small trout farming industry, according to one trout farm operator.

Stocked ponds yield easy catches for families

Fee fishing ponds in Virginia offer easy catches—for dinner, or just for family fun.

2014 was another banner year for state’s aquaculture industry

Findings of the 2014 Virginia Shellfish Aquaculture Crop Reporting Survey showed another banner year for shellfish aquaculture, with farmers selling $55.9 million in oysters and clams last year.

Virginia aquaculture oysters getting international exposure

At the March 20-22 International Boston Seafood Show, the largest event of its kind in the United States, retailers, wholesalers, importers and distributors will be able to sample Virginia aquaculture oysters.

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