Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Proceedings of the National Shellfisheries Association
Most of the seed oysters planted on private grounds along the Atlantic Coast of the United States are obtained from public seed beds. The supply depends largely upon a wild crop over which there is little control. It is to be expected, perhaps, that the quantity of seed available at various localities along the coast is in proportion to the duration of the warm season. It follows that oystermen are usually searching southward for their supply of seed and the ramifications of this hunt are complex and ever changing.
Andrews, Jay D. and McHugh, J. L., "The Survival And Growth Of South Carolina Seed Oysters In Virginia Waters" (1957). VIMS Articles. 1252.