Virginia’s seafood producers are trying to keep their heads above water during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it feels a little like swimming upstream.
Virginia now ranks 4th in the U.S. for aquaculture sales, which topped $112 million in 2018.
More than 200 aquaculture growers, researchers and industry suppliers gathered Nov. 15 and 16 for the 2019 Virginia Aquaculture Conference, hosted in Newport News by the Marine Advisory Program at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
On Oct. 15 the American Farm Bureau Federation and other organizations representing haulers of livestock, bees and fish submitted a petition to the U.S. Department of Transportation requesting flexibility on hours of service requirements.
An Aquaculture Work Group has been formed to develop ways to promote sustainable growth of Virginia’s clam and oyster aquaculture industries.