MAP Aquaculture

The Marine Advisory Program at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science has been a leader in marine aquaculture initiatives across the Commonwealth. Efforts during past years have focused on the production of soft-shell blue crabs, oyster gardening, and the culture of marine finfish for food, stock enhancement, or live bait.

The current focus of MAP aquaculture is supporting the sustainable growth of molluscan shellfish culture – namely hard clams and oysters.  Virginia is home to a mature hard clam farming industry and a rapidly expanding Eastern oyster farming industry.