Welcome to oyster gardening-

How to get started

The recently changed link for the "Oyster Gardening" Permit is https://mrc.virginia.gov/forms/2019/VGP3_Aquaculture_form_2019.pdf and the mailing address is 


Virginia Marine Resources 

Commission Habitat Management Division 

Building 96 

380 Fenwick Road 

Fort Monroe, VA 23651

You may download the DEQ VA Oyster Gardening publication below, but note that the mailing address for the permit is no longer valid.


  • 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.