How They’re Different

The regions in Virginia have a variation of salinity ranges from low salinity 5-12ppt, medium salinity 12-20ppt  and to a high salinity over 20ppt.  With this variation everyone will be able to find an oyster that will satisfy your palate. The aquaculture oysters in Virginia grow at a fast pace with a consistent size and shape that are available year round.

Virginia Aquaculture Oysters Regional Flavor Guide

Use the regional flavor guide for Virginia Aquaculture Oysters to choose just the right oyster for the occasion. View the regional flavor guide online or download your own version.

Oyster Map of Virginia showing 8 regions.

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Virginia Seafood
The Virginia Tech Seafood AREC will be holding a Seafood traceability summit on May 3rd . Below you will find a link to register and more info about the event from the Virginia Tech Seafood AREC.Register:“Join us on May 3rd for the Seafood Traceability Summit, where industry experts and stakeholders convene to discuss critical topics like the FSMA 204 traceability rule and the evolving landscape of seafood traceability. The summit will take place at the Virginia Tech Newport News Center, with an online option available for virtual attendees!Book hotel lodging by April 12th to receive the special block rate before the deadline!Make your hotel reservation at the Marriott at City Center.Millions of people fall victim to foodborne illnesses every year, and traceability is a key factor in tracing back food that has been involved in an outbreak.The FSMA initiative mandates compliance by January 20, 2026, impacting everyone who manufactures, processes, packs, or holds foods included on the Food Traceability List (FTL). However, some exemptions or partial exemptions could apply to some processors. As part of our commitment to empowering seafood industry stakeholders, the Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center presents this summit to inform attendees about the rule, exemptions, and available technologies.Here's what you can expect:Insightful Discussions - Hear from industry experts and regulatory officials as they delve into the nuances of seafood traceability, exploring applicable regulations, challenges, best practices, and emerging trends.Innovative Solutions - Discover cutting-edge technologies and solutions designed to streamline traceability processes, enhance supply chain efficiency, and ensure seamless compliance with FSMA regulations.Networking Opportunities - Connect with peers, regulators, and technology providers.Event details:Date: May 3, 2024Location: Virginia Tech Newport News Center, Newport News, VATime: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM” ... See MoreSee Less
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