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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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The following is a summary of issues and considerations surrounding the use of hatchery stocks for restoration of public oyster reefs. This summary stems from a workshop conducted at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). The original goal of the workshop was to try to develop a consensus, or at least a general agreement, on genetic policy(ies) for stocking oyster reefs. To do this, the first day of the workshop was devoted to placing the genetic concerns "on the table" in the context of both Maryland and Virginia oyster replenishment and restoration programs. The conclusions from the first day of presentations revealed that there are a number of scenarios for hatchery-based restoration/ replenishment and that the genetic considerations varied among them. Other genetic considerations were common to the whole Bay. This document summarizes a great deal of discussion, and consequently some detail is omitted.



Oysters--Chesapeake Bay (Md and Va) -- Genetics