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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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Data report (Virginia Institute of Marine Science) ; no. 34.


Baylor Grounds were defined by a survey of the natural oyster beds in Virginia conducted by Lt. J.B. Baylor, USN, and completed in 1894. The original purpose of the survey was to set aside naturally productive oyster beds for protection from private leasing, which was a controversial concept at the time. Hence the commonly used term 'Baylor Grounds' is synonymous with Virginia's public oystering grounds in the present day. Other surveys, conducted later, have added to the original Baylor acreage, resulting in an estimated 243, 000 acres of public oyster grounds in Virginia. For further information on the oyster industry of Virginia and the surveys of Lt. Baylor, an extensive bibliography is provided in Hargis and Haven (1988).


A report in partial fullfillment of the requirements of Grants from Virginia Council on the Environment Va. Coastal Resource Management Program, NOAA Grant No. NA89AA-D-CZ134; Adam A. Frisch, EcoMAPS Manager and Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee. NOAA/NMFS No. NA-85-EAH-0002. Roger L. Mann and Carl H. Hershner, Jr. Principal Investigators



Ocean bottom -- Virginia -- Maps; Oysters -- Virginia -- Maps

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