How to Start a Shellfish Aquaculture Operation in Virginia

With support from the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program, the Virginia Coastal Policy Center (VCPC) and Virginia Sea Grant have launched the Shellfish Aquaculture in Virginia website to provide information about how to start an aquaculture operation in Virginia.

The website summarizes the basic regulatory framework associated with aquaculture and identifies common considerations to keep in mind – such as whether to create a formal business entity and how gear choice may impact which permits and licenses are required.