Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Marine Resource Special Report
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) conducts weekly surveys from June through early October to obtain oyster spatfall information. Spat counts are made from oyster shells strung on wire and suspended from stakes on public and private beds. The number of spat on shells are counted each week of the spawning season to determine the potential of a particular area for receiving a strike and to predict the most likely period the strikes will occur. Shells planted just before the period of maximum set have the best chance of getting a good strike.
Oyster fisheries--Chesapeake Bay (Va.), Oyster--Monitoring, Oyster fisheries--Virginia, Oysters--Chesapeake Bay (Va.)
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Haven, D. S., & Kendall, P. C. (1978) Oyster Spatfall on Shellstrings in Virginia Rivers: 1977 Annual Summary. Marine Resource Special Report. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary. https://doi.org/10.21220/V55893