Locally Sourced, Nationally Recognized

Quality Inspected and Fresh Everyday. Virginia’s quality control and regulatory standards for water quality and processing plants are recognized among the most stringent in the nation. Virginia’s water and product are policed by a number of regulatory agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Virginia Department of Health, Division of Shellfish Sanitation, and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. Additionally, Virginia Tech scientists and engineers work with processors to monitor and improve control procedures in shellfish and finfish plants throughout the state.

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Virginia’s Seafood Industry Provides $1.1 Billion Boost to State’s Economy

The Virginia Seafood Economic Impact Study has been released. To see the full report, fact sheet, and infographic, follow the link above.


Did you know Virginia was in the Aquaculture Oyster Business?

The shellfish aquaculture industry in Virginia continues to grow, adding significant value to the State’s seafood marketplace. The numbers of market oysters sold by Virginia growers in 2018 was roughly 32.1 million and they planted 103.9 million single oysters.The total dockside value for oyster aquaculturists (not including spat on shell production) was $27.7 million in 2018. Virginia ranks third in the Nation and first on the East Coast in seafood landings.

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The Latest News and Events

Commercial Blue Crab Season Begins on March 17!

Blue Crab is the VMPB Fish of the Day! The Commercial Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Season with hard crab pots begins on March 17, 2024, and will end November 30, … More »

Striped Bass Fishery helps shape Virginia’s economy Past & Present!

While Striped Bass season is in progress, we wanted to make Striped Bass the VMPB Fish of the Day. Striped Bass is a high-quality flaky meat with a mild flavor. … More »

Happy New Year From The VMPB!

We hope your 2024 is off to a great start! The VMPB is currently starting Phase 2 of our Economic Impact Study. Phase 2 will expand upon the previous study … More »