How They’re Grown

Aquaculture oysters are grown in cages, in bags on racks, in floats and spat-on-shell bottom planting. Oysters grown in cages/racks/floats are generally destined for the more lucrative half-shell market, while spat-on-shell oysters are usually grown for the shucking market.

Cultured oyster production can be viewed as a 3-step process – hatchery; nursery; and grow-out to market size.

The first step begins onshore in a hatchery, where adult oysters are encouraged to spawn and produce baby oysters.  During this hatchery stage, oysters of all ages (broodstock, larvae, and post-set juveniles) are fed a diet consisting primarily of cultured micro-algae and then a mixture of cultured algae and natural algae.

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Virginia Seafood
Virginia Seafood and summer are a great combination. Many Virginians know summertime for their family gatherings highlighted by steamed Blue Crabs, but there are other ways to enjoy Virginia Seafood during the summer. As we get closer to the official start of summer it’s a great time to be on the look out for the wide variety of seafood festivals and events held in Virginia. We’d also like to highlight Virginia’s Commercial Watermen and women who provide us with fresh and local Virginia Seafood not only in the summer, but year-round as well. For more information on festivals and events in your area go to our websites Virginiaseafood.org and Virginiaoysters.org. ... See MoreSee Less
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