SHELLFISH AQUACULTURE IN VIRGINIA RESOURCES REGULATORY FRAMEWORKThis section identifies which state agencies have the authority to regulate aquaculture-related activities in Virginia. VMRC REQUIREMENTSThis section summarizes a variety of Virginia Marine Resources Commission requirements, licenses, permits, and fees associated with aquaculture. VDH DSS REQUIREMENTSThis section outlines the Virginia Department of Health's Division of Shellfish Safety's role with respect to aquaculture. STARTING A BUSINESSThis section covers the administrative and financial aspects of planning for and starting an aquaculture business. FINDING A LOCATIONThis section provides information about the options for obtaining shellfish planting grounds, as well as details regarding marking of leased areas and areas to avoid. GEAR AND OPERATIONSThis section describes the most common types of gear associated with an aquaculture operation, including how gear choice may affect what licenses and permits are required. LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONSIDERATIONSThis section focuses on considerations at the local government level that may be applicable, such as local zoning designations.