Chesapeake Bay

Researching Diseases in Wild Oysters

Nov 12, 2015
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While farmed oysters are big business in Virginia, the Chesapeake Bay wild oyster is still struggling with bay pollution and two diseases, harmless to humans, but fatal to oysters.

Since the late 1980s, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science has conducted annual surveys to check on how wild oysters are coping.

Virginia's Oyster Trail

Nov 10, 2015

 Governor McAuliffe traveled to the Northern Neck this week to fire up the Virginia Oyster Trail. 

That’s an initiative he announced last year that connects 250 miles of seafood producers, restaurants, wineries, craft breweries and artisans around the Chesapeake Bay's rural communities. 

Instead of the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony the governor and his Virginia Oyster Trail team shucked an oyster and slurped.

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Environmental projects in Virginia are getting a big boon. The state is receiving nearly $8 million in funding to help clean the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

In addition to matching support from private companies, the funds come largely from the federal government.

“Restoring the bay is imminently doable, we just need to ramp up our efforts and we need to think creatively and we need to think innovatively," says Jeff Corbin with the EPA.

Governor Declares VA's Menhaden Harvest Level

Jun 4, 2015

Last month fisheries managers from Florida to Maine voted for a ten percent increase in commercial harvests of menhaden.

The oily fish is loved by bald eagles, osprey and other fish and is used along the Atlantic as bait to catch tastier fare like lobster and crab. At a rainy ceremony today, Governor Terry McAuliffe threw his support behind Omega Protein, the last fish rendering plant on the East Coast.

Modest Harvest Boost for Menhaden

May 6, 2015

This week, East Coast fisheries managers voted to increase by 10-percent the catch for menhaden. The fish is used as bait, processed for vitamin supplements and food for fish farms. The two-year increase will give back half of the 20 percent harvest reduction taken in 2012.

It's been a three year battle between commercial fishermen and environmentalists. But after scientists reworked models they found a healthier stock of menhaden. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission was asked to reconsider the economic impact of their catch limits.

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