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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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'l'his report describes two studies by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) on oyster bottoms adjacent to the recently constructed and the original James River bridges. The first study was conducted from July to October, 1972, prior to construction of the new bridge. The second was carried out in April, 1976, after the new bridge was finished, but prior to the removal of the southern end of the original bridge.

There were several purposes to the studies: 1) To determine if construction activity had a measurable impact on the adjacent leased bottom; 2) To quantify the magnitude of stocks of oysters and their economic value; and 3) To evaluate the bottoms adjacent to the old bridge so that when it was removed the impact of this activity on the surrounding leased oyster grounds could be evaluated.



Shellfish -- Virginia -- James River, Oysters -- Virginia -- James River, Oyster fisheries -- Virginia -- James River, Bridges -- Environmental aspects -- Virginia -- James Riv

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Conducted for the Virginia Dept. of Highways and Transportation, State Highway Project 0017-046-102, PE-101, RW-201