SHELLFISH AQUACULTURE IN VIRGINIA
This section identifies which state agencies have the authority to regulate aquaculture-related activities in Virginia.
This section summarizes a variety of Virginia Marine Resources Commission requirements, licenses, permits, and fees associated with aquaculture.
VDH DSS REQUIREMENTS
This section outlines the Virginia Department of Health's Division of Shellfish Safety's role with respect to aquaculture.
STARTING A BUSINESS
This section covers the
administrative and financial aspects of planning for and starting an
FINDING A LOCATION
This section provides information regarding the options for obtaining shellfish planting grounds by lease, transfer, or sublease.
GEAR AND OPERATIONS
This section describes the most common types of gear associated with an aquaculture operation, keeping in mind that the type of gear chosen may affect what licenses and permits are required.
EDUCATION AND TRADE ASSOCIATIONS
This section includes information about industry associations, conferences, and potential sources of funding for aquaculture businesses.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT CONSIDERATIONS
This section focuses on considerations at the local government level that may be applicable. For example, aquaculture operations with a land-based element should consider local zoning designations.