Virginia Institute of Marine Science
CHESAPEAKE BAY has long been famous for its oysters. Shared by Maryland and Virginia, this natural resource contributes greatly to the economic life of about thirty Tidewater counties. Virginia oyster grounds extend approximately half way up the bay and reach far up the numerous tributaries. In addition, there are thousands of acres of oyster grounds on the Sea Side of the Eastern Shore.
Despite the magnitude of the acreage adapted for growing oysters, comparatively little effort has been made to find out just how valuable the industry is to the state or to explore its possibilities for development. Federal statistics indicate that Virginia ranks as the No. 1 oyster-producing state, the yield amounting to at least 5,000,000 bushels annually. Still, it is recognized that the state's oyster grounds are capable of a much higher level of production than is witnessed today
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Newcombe, Curtis L. and Menzel, R. Winston, Future of the Virginia Oyster Industry (1945). The Commonwealth, 11(4), 3-11.