Welcome to oyster gardening-

How to get started

Click below for a copy of the Virginia Oyster Gardening Guide. See page 11 for the Abbreviated Joint Permit Application For Noncommercial Riparian
Shellfish Aquaculture Structures - "Oyster Gardening".



  • Water depth should be 1 ft. or greater at low tide.

  • Need a dock or pole to attach line to cage.

  • Salinity should be 10 parts per thousand or greater. Click here.

  • Be aware of sanitation, restrictions etc. Click here.