Oysters were historically a keystone species in Chesapeake Bay, filtering water and providing habitat for numerous Bay organisms through their reefs. Today they stand at 1% of their original population. Oyster research at VIMS focuses on restoration and aquaculture of the native oyster Crassostrea virginica. VIMS also played a key role in evaluating the potential use of the non-native Asian oyster C. ariakensis.
- VIMS prof honored by Inventors Hall of Fame (November 2013) Inventor of the Year Award to Dr. Stan Allen recognizes his patented method for producing spawnless oysters, which has revolutionized aquaculture worldwide.
- VIMS trains interns in oyster aquaculture (October 2013) Program graduates fifth straight year-class in support of growing industry.
- VIMS welcomes oyster aquaculture interns (May 2013) The Virginia Institute of Marine Science recently welcomed the fifth group of interns to its six-month Oyster Aquaculture Training Program (OAT).
Advisory Service Products
Native Oysters and Restoration
- Oyster Reef Habitat Restoration: A synopsis and synthesis of approaches (Order print copy)
- Oyster Diseases of the Chesapeake Bay (Dermo and MSX Fact Sheets)
- The status of Virginia's public oyster resource (Annual Reports)
- Trophic studies on constructed "restored" oyster reefs. Annual report to the Chesapeake Bay Program 1998 | 1997
- An Introduction to Culturing Oysters in Virginia
- Oyster Gardening in Virginia: An Overview of Techniques
- Virginia Shellfish Aquaculture - Situation and Outlook Reports
- Products for Industry
- ABC Oyster Breeding Manual
- Status of the major oyster diseases in Virginia (Annual Reports)
- Molecular methods for the detection of Quahog Parasite Unknown (QPX). Marine Resource Report No. 2001-10.
- QPX susceptibility in hard clams varies with geographic origin of brood stock.
- VIMS Statement on the Use of Crassostrea ariakensis in Chesapeake Bay (pdf)
- Aquaculture of Triploid Crassostrea ariakensis in Chesapeake Bay (pdf)
- A Comparative Field Study of Crassostrea ariakensis and Crassostrea virginica in Relation to Salinity in Virginia
- A Comparative Field Study of Crassostrea gigas and Crassostrea virginica in Relation to Salinity in Virginia
Five Most Recent Journal Articles
- Soudant, P., F. L. E. Chu, et al. 2013. Host-parasite interactions: Marine bivalve molluscs and protozoan parasites, Perkinsus species. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 114(2): 196-216. doi 10.1016/J.Jip.2013.06.001
- Kellogg, M. L., J. C. Cornwell, et al. 2013. Denitrification and nutrient assimilation on a restored oyster reef. Marine Ecology Progress Series 480: 1-19. doi 10.3354/Meps10331
- Lynch, S. A., A. Villalba, et al. 2013. The occurrence of haplosporidian parasites, Haplosporidium nelsoni and Haplosporidium sp., in oysters in Ireland. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 112(3): 208-212. doi 10.1016/J.Jip.2012.11.013
- Harding, J. M., E. N. Powell, et al. 2013. Variations in eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) sex-ratios from three Virginia estuaries: protandry, growth and demographics. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 93(2): 519-531. doi 10.1017/S002531541200032x
- Waldbusser, G. G., E. N. Powell, et al. 2013. Ecosystem effects of shell aggregations and cycling in coastal waters: an example of Chesapeake Bay oyster reefs. Ecology 94(4): 895-903.