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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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In 1995 the Virginia General Assembly, through House Joint Resolution 450, directed the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) to begin research on non-native oyster species for possible use in Chesapeake Bay. VIMS proceeded in a responsible manner by using sterile triploid oysters to prevent an unintended introduction. One of the results of our research has been the identification of an oyster species, Crassostrea ariakensis, that grows well in the Chesapeake Bay, is tolerant of local diseases, and has been well received in marketing trials. Recognizing that there is widespread commercial interest in this species, we are providing this statement in the absence of a specific request from industry. Our purpose is to clarify VIMS position on the use of C. ariakensis for aquaculture, fisheries restoration, or both. The following statement is based on the science to date. It is subject to revision as warranted by results from further research.



Suminoe oyster -- Government policy -- Chesapeake Bay (Md. and Va.), Suminoe oyster -- Government policy -- Virginia