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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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As a leading producer of seafood in the United States, the Commonwealth of Virginia has long maintained an interest in the vitality of its private seafood industry. The present study focuses on the state's oyster industry which is distinguished for its long record of producing one-third of the entire national catch, but which, recently has suffered a variety of natural ·and economic setbacks. Herein, we.wish to examine the economic value of the subsidy programs enacted to meet these recent threats to the very existence of the Virginia oyster industry.


Oyster fisheries -- Economic aspects -- Virginia



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