Posts Tagged Oyster Farming

Oyster Families Remember Life In The Northern Neck


Catherine Bundy holding a photo of her with husband Thomas, who perished out on the Rappahannock River while oystering in December 1953. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

It’s wild oyster season around the Chesapeake Bay. In Virginia’s Northern Neck, at Belle Isle State Park, a new exhibit slated to open early next year will feature stories from people who lived and worked there during the 1940s and 1950s.

Two families, the Boatwrights and the Pollards, co-owned the 1000-acre farm and nearby oyster grounds in the Rappahannock River.  These are some of their stories:

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Virginia’s Wild Oyster Season Opens to Controversy


Virginia’s wild oysters are still recovering from disease and over-harvesting (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

Disease, pollution and a century of over-harvesting decimated the Chesapeake Bay’s wild oyster population. As Virginia’s wild oyster season gets underway, there are new harvest restrictions and concerns over the state of this key bay species. Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Oyster Farmers Clash With Homeowners and Boaters


Oyster ground lease notifications at the post office in Burgess, VA (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

This week, Virginia Beach homeowners and recreational boaters unhappy with large metal oyster farming cages on their beaches and waterways asked state officials for help. Pamela D’Angelo has the story.

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State Regulators Try to Solve Oyster Farming Conflict in Virginia Beach


Credit: John Korte

While oyster farming is a multi-million dollar industry in Virginia, there’s only so much space to grow them. In some places, it is the same space used by waterfront homeowners and recreational boaters, and that has led to conflicts that could mean removing some oyster farms. Pamela D’Angelo reports.


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