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 recent 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.

Select Publications:

Virginia Shellfish Aquaculture - Situation and Outlook Report (Results of 2018 Virginia Shellfish Aquaculture Crop Reporting Survey), VIMS Marine Resource Report No. 2019-8, July 2019

Economic Activity Associated with Shellfish Aquaculture in Virginia - 2012, VSG-13-17, VIMS Marine Resource Report No. 2013-4, July 2013

Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Primer for the Virginia Shellfish Industry, VSG-12-14, VIMS Marine Resource Report No. 2012-14, December 2012

2012 Cultchless (Single seed) Oyster Crop Budgets for Virginia, VSG-12-13, VIMS Marine Resource Report No. 2012-10, November 2012

Click to view Other Aquaculture Publications

Contact marine specialist Karen Hudson ( for information about these programs.

If you have an aquaculture-related project idea and seek funding to explore it, check out the Fishery Resource Grant Program.