Lynnhaven Oyster Company is a grower for Cherrystone Aqua-Farms. We farm raise our oysters (Crassostrea virginica) in off bottom cages in the Broad Bay section of the Lynnhaven River. Our seed from Cherrystone are triploid (sterile) as to not impede on the wild oysters already in the bay.

Norman “Hap” Chalmers – Owner – This was a hobby turned to growing oyster company. His company is hard at work cleaning the bay and selling some of the best tasting oysters around to Cherrystone Aqua-Farms for distribution. 60 years ago the Lynnhaven was closed to shellfish harvesting due to high pollution, today 42 percent of the river is now open. The oysters from Lynnhaven Oyster Co LLC filter over a billion gallons of water each week, removing algae that contain phosphorous and nitrogen.

Larry Frauen – Operations Manager – Graduated from University of Maine at Machias with a Bachelors Degree in Marine Biology with a concentration in Mariculture. Larry began working with L.O.C. in May 2012 as upweller manager and progressed towards becoming the operations manager.

Heather Frauen – Business Manager – Originally from Maine with a business degree from University of Maine at Machias. Heather moved to Virginia in 2012. Heather was hired on with Lynnhaven Oyster Company in December 2015. As a new member to the company, she is extremely excited to start working with oysters and learning more about how they improve the quality of life in our waters; one oyster at a time.

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Hap Chamlers with wife, Rebecca.


Larry and Heather Frauen