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Harvesting the Bounty

In 1998, Virginia's watermen harvested 592 million pounds of seafood from the Chesapeake Bay. This ranks Virginia third in the nation behind Alaska and Louisiana for seafood production. The most popular Chesapeake Bay seafoods are the blue crab and the Chesapeake Bay oyster. There are a total of eighty-seven commercially available species and in addition to crabs and oysters, Virginia's watermen harvest:

  • Menhaden
  • Soft Clams
  • Hard Clams
  • Crabs
  • Oysters
  • Fishing

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