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Virginia Oyster Gardening Guide

VA Oyster Gardening Guide 2013 edition

The Virginia Oyster Gardening Guide was produced by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program in partnership with VIMS, Virginia CBF, TOGA, VMRC, Oyster Reef Keepers, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office and the VORHF.

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Virginia Oyster Gardening Guide Sections

Oyster Gardening Web Resources

Oyster Gardeningimage of net bag of oyster seed (baby oysters)

Oyster Restoration

Blue Crab in Oyster FloatOyster Reef Ecosystems

Teacher Resources

Oyster Disease Information and Research

Virginia Aquaculture

Eating Oysters

Virginia Oyster Gardening Contacts


Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC)
Shellfish Farming & Gardening:
Habitat Management Division: Chip Neikirk, (757) 247-2254,
Conservation and Replenishment: James Wesson, (757) 247-2121,

Water Quality

Virginia Department of Health
Division of Shellfish Sanitation:
Robert Croonenberghs, (804) 864-7480,
Accomac Field Office: Paul Widgen (757) 787-5864 x221,
Norfolk Field Office: Jonathan Dickerson (757) 683-8461,
Whitestone Field Office: David Geeson (804) 435-1095,

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality - Water Quality Monitoring Data, Roger Stewart (804) 698-4449,

Aquaculture Information

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) - Aquaculture, T. Robins Buck (804) 371-6094,

Virginia Marine Resource Commission (VMRC) - Saltwater Aquaculture, Kathy Leonard (757) 247-2120,

Shellfish Growers of Virginia Association - Mike Oesterling (804) 815-1316,,

Extension Support

Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)  - Sea Grant Advisory Services, Karen Hudson, (804) 684-7742,

Oyster Gardening Organizations

Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Virginia - Virginia CBF Oyster Gardening Program, Tanner Council, (757) 622-1964,

Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association - ,

Lynnhaven Now - Laurie Sorabella, (757) 962-5398,,

School Oyster Gardening

Oyster Reef Keepers of Virginia - Laurie Carroll Sorabella, (757) 460-1200,,

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For comments or questions concerning this program's web pages, contact Virginia Witmer.

This website is provided by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program through a federal Coastal Zone Management Act grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Department of Commerce. 

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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