VIRGINIA (WAVY) – Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the creation of the Virginia Oyster Trail.
According to a news release from the governor’s office, the trail will be a tourism development that connects visitors and residents alike to Virginia oyster vendors, raw bars, restaurants and the watermen culture throughout the coastal region.
“Virginia produces the best oysters in the world and as the oyster industry continues to grow, we want to let it be known that Virginia is also the Oyster Capital of the East Coast,” Gov. McAuliffe said in a news release. “In addition to growing, harvesting and selling the best oysters, our watermen are providing good jobs in their communities, generating revenue and tax dollars throughout their region, and helping improve the environment of the Chesapeake Bay as their oysters filter millions of gallons of water each day.”
Just last month, Gov. McAuliffe announced the state’s oyster harvest last year had reached the highest numbers in nearly a generation.
In addition to the trail, the governor declared November “Virginia Oyster Month.”