Virginia Oyster Month


WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia is becoming the oyster capital of the East Coast, boasting seven different oyster regions which produce the largest quantity of fresh, farm-raised oysters in the United States; and

WHEREAS, in 2014 Virginia’s oyster harvest increased by 25 percent, with more than 500,000 bushels, the most in nearly a generation; and

WHEREAS, Virginia sold 39.8 million oysters in 2014, a $17 million economic impact for the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s sustainably-harvested oysters are ecologically-friendly, as they actively filter the water in which they are grown and remove excess nutrients, which provides habitats for other species; and

WHEREAS, the continued growth of the oyster industry and the fisheries management programs, combined with private sector investment, positively impact the Bay, consumers, and Virginia’s economy; and

WHEREAS, in 2014, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, in partnership with the Office of the Governor, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Shellfish Growers of Virginia, the Virginia Seafood Council, the Virginia Marine Products Board,  the Artisans Center of Virginia, local planning district commissions, businesses, and destination marketing organizations, began developing the Virginia Oyster Trail, providing a unique and delicious way for visitors to enjoy Virginia’s seven oyster regions; and

WHEREAS, Virginia Oyster Month is an opportunity to acknowledge the significant growth in oyster harvesting and celebrate Virginia as the oyster capital of the East Coast;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize November 2015 as VIRGINIA OYSTER MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.