Researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science have played a central role in the multi-year, multi-institutional effort to evaluate the potential use of non-native oysters in Chesapeake Bay. VIMS research has focused on both native and non-native species, with a clear distinction between evaluation of two separate goals—restoration for ecological purposes and restoration and maintenance of a commercially viable fishery. VIMS’ mission is to provide objective scientific advice to regulatory and management agencies. VIMS has no authority to enact or enforce policy.
VIMS has been evaluating non-native oysters since 1995, when the Virginia General Assembly charged us with developing a strategic plan for shellfish research, including testing of non-native species.
Non-Native Oyster Timeline
A synopsis of significant milestones in the evaluation of non-native oysters in Chesapeake Bay.
A one-stop shop for research findings, reports, web pages, and other information sources concerning non-native oyster research in the Chesapeake Bay region.