Gov. announces creation of Virginia Oyster Trail

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announces the creation of the Virginia Oyster Trail on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at the Executive Mansion in Richmond, Va. The trail links visitors with Virginia oyster purveyors, and restaurants, raw bars and the long-standing watermen culture throughout the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The new tourism project comes as Virginia saw its oyster harvest increase 25 percent to more than 500,000 bushels in 2013, the largest harvest since 1987. (AP Photo/Michael Felberbaum)

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.”

Click here to learn more about the Virginia Oyster Trail.

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