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Virginia Oyster Month

Published: November 15, 2014

November is Virginia Oyster Month. During the month of November, seafood enthusiasts can experience the fresh wild-caught and farm-raised oysters from Virginia's seven different oyster regions, as well as participate in the numerous oyster festivals and events around the Commonwealth.

In August 2014, Governor McAuliffe announced the development of the Virginia Oyster Trail, a major tourism development project connecting travelers to Virginia oyster purveyors, raw bars and restaurants, and the watermen culture throughout Coastal Virginia, the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula, and the Eastern Shore.

Governor McAuliffe recently declared November as Virginia Oyster Month and named Virginia "the Oyster Capital of the East Coast."

Virginia's oyster harvest increased by 25 percent from 2012 to 2013, with more than 500,000 bushel. Over the past 12 years, the oyster harvest in Virginia has increased from approximately 23,000 bushels in 2001 to last year's level of just over 500,000.

The dockside value alone of the oyster harvest is 2013 was more than $22 million, up from approximately $16 million in 2012. Virginia is the leading East Coast seafood producer and the third largest in the nation.

For more information, visit: http://virginia.org/oysters.