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« on: February 09, 2015, 01:08:04 PM »

http://www.wboc.com/story/28053899/farm-bureau-vas-oyster-harvest-rose-25-percent-last-year

"The Virginia Farm Bureau says the state's oyster harvest rose 25 percent last year, passing the 500,000-bushel mark.

Officials say more than 504,000 bushels of oysters were harvested during the 2013-2014 season, up from almost 409,000 bushels in the previous season. The latest harvest is the largest since 1987."
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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2015, 04:35:41 PM »

 Jack does this include farmed bottom and farmed in cages? Also do you think farmed oysters taste as good as wild caught oysters?
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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2015, 07:16:46 PM »

Jack does this include farmed bottom and farmed in cages? Also do you think farmed oysters taste as good as wild caught oysters?
I don't know what the harvest includes but I have to believe it's total....   

Oysters are classified (at least here on the ESVA) as BaySide or SeaSide. Most of the oysters are farmed (caged or bagged) BaySide. Then they go to cages (Taylor floats) in Chincoteague (or Willis Wharf, etc) for about 15 days.  They are then sold as SeaSide or Chincoteague oysters.

JMO, I like Seaside oysters over fresh Bayside oysters. The Seaside's are saltier, fresher tasting.  I also prefer farmed oysters over wild caught.  Farmed oysters are cleaner (internally) then wild caught.  Cool
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2015, 07:21:42 PM »

PS.. Most farmed oysters (Baysides) go up the road after going thru the sizing cleaning machines.  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2015, 07:50:25 PM »

PS.. Most farmed oysters (Baysides) go up the road after going thru the sizing cleaning machines.  Wink

A ton of the Virginia oysters make their way to NJ restaurants.     They are sought after more than the local product.    Embarassed
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2015, 07:22:12 AM »

I'm sure more folks are Oystering  now than in the past few years...Crab Dredging was  cut out, the fishing has been restricted, that don't leave much for the Va. Watermen left to do.........I'm happy to see them doing well....Hope the State don't set a smaller limit on the guys...
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2015, 09:50:28 AM »

The Saxis boys are...  And I've seen more trailers loaded with Virginia bushels this year on the road then in past..  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2015, 10:00:56 AM »

It also helps that the price is up for them even from the boat.  Good to see for the watermen.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2015, 10:34:47 PM »

Farmed are tastier, uniform size, cleaner ~~ prefer over wild every time!
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