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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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At the request of the Department of Highways and Transportation the Virginia Institute of Marine Science made a study of the value of the oyster grounds in the vicinity of the Lakewood Bridge on the Lafayette River in Norfolk.

The study included numbers of oysters and amounts of shell, or natural reef, in the area of acquisition and within a buffer area either side of the present bridge. The buffer area, or area of potential construction impact, extended 500 feet upriver of the bridge and 500 feet downriver of the bridge. This buffer area was the maximum distance upriver and downriver for any construction activity.



Shellfish -- Virginia -- Lafayette River



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