January 17, 2024Happy New Year From The VMPB!

We hope your 2024 is off to a great start! The VMPB is currently starting Phase 2 of our Economic Impact Study. Phase 2 will expand upon the previous study linked here by gathering data on commercial seafood’s economic impact including restaurant and retail industries and any out of state sales. While phase one’s total economic impact number was already an impressive 1.1 billion dollars phase 2 will estimate what this figure is now and combine it with the newly collected data to give us an up-to-date total.

The VMPB is also excited for the upcoming release of the latest NOAA and VMRC landing figures. Based on the latest data released from the agencies Virginia was first on the east coast in oysters landed in 2021. The report attached here shows that Virginia public ground oyster landings were 3,633,272 pounds which had a total dockside value of $30,250,151 in 2021. The Aquaculture oyster landings were 2,588,785 pounds which had a total dockside value of $21,910,059.54 in 2021.

Virginia Aquaculture Oyster Growers