|The oysters that we grow are all native Crassostrea virginica. 300 years ago, the Lynnhaven Oyster was so plentiful that it covered the river floor. Due to over-harvesting, disease and predation, the entire population was decimated. The waters in the Lynnhaven were in trouble in the early 1980s due to rapid development around the watershed. Fortunately, a group of businessmen led by Harry Lester and Andrew Fine formed an alliance with the City of Virginia Beach, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, The Army Corp of Engineering, VMRC and others to clean and restore the Lynnhaven River – forming Lynnhaven River Now.The combined efforts surpassed everyone’s expectations.
The river went from closed years ago to about 42% of the waters open for shell fish harvesting today. Lynnhaven River Now has multiple committees focused on oyster restoration, storm water management, buffer and wetland restoration, education, marina and boating activities. The result has been a rapid turnaround of a tremendous resource for oyster aquaculture. Throughout history the Lynnhaven Oyster has been considered a premier tasty treat. It has been served to European Royalty and demanded by the best restaurants in the country. The confluence of salinity, nutrients and temperature combine to provide a superior oyster.