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Virginia Oyster Harvest Bounces Back

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Virginia's oyster harvest has made a huge comeback.

Governor Bob McDonnell says the 2012-2013 harvest of the hard shell totaled 406,000 bushels, up 60 percent over the previous year. The harvest numbers include wild oysters and those grown in aquaculture farms.

Of the total harvest, 149,000 bushels were harvested from public oyster grounds and 257,000 from privately leased grounds.

McDonnell credits his administration's efforts to restore oysters to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. He cited the 2 million dollars set aside for oyster restoration in the state's current budget.

But Virginia isn't alone: earlier this year, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley also touted a record year for oysters in his state.

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