US Virginia Eastern oyster - cages, dredge and tongs

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Overview

The Eastern Virginia oyster fishery occurs in the coastal areas of Virginia and targets the species Crassostrea virginica. There are five UoAs, based on harvest method and hatchery and non-hatchery stocks. This fishery is enhanced based on MSC FCP v2 7.4, and not based on introduced species. 

The UoAs are :

  • UoA 1:  Tongs and patent tongs from habitat enhanced areas with natural spat set and seed transfers.
  • UoA 2:  Dredges and hand scrapes from habitat enhanced areas with natural spat set and seed transfers.
  • UoA 3:  Tongs and Patent tongs from habitat enhanced areas with hatchery seed transfers plus natural spat set.
  • UoA 4:  Dredges and hand scrapes from habitat enhanced areas with wild stock hatchery seed transfers plus natural spat set.
  • UoA 5:  Cage production with wild stock hatchery seed transfers.

 

FIP Description 

The Eastern Virginia oyster fishery occurs in the coastal areas of Virginia and targets the species Crassostrea virginica. There are five UoAs, based on harvest method and hatchery and non-hatchery stocks.

FIP Objective(s) 

Achieve MSC Certification by 2026

  • Objective 1 (PI 1.1.3, 1.2.5, 1.2.6):  Understand the impact of hatchery production on genetics of wild stocks
  • Objective 2 (PI 2.4.2): Understand the impact of clutch deposition in leased areas on marine vegetation
  • Objective 3 (PI 3.1.1):  Understand what rights Indian tribes have to oysters
  • Objective 4 (PI 3.1.3):  Assure that the management system has long term objectives consistent with the precautionary approach
  • Objective 5 (PI 3.2.1):  Develop explicit fishery specific objectives for the oyster fisheries
  • Objective 6 (PI 3.2.2):  Assure that the decision-making process uses the precautionary approach
  • Objective 7 (PI 3.2.2):  Assure information on the fishery’s performance and management is available
  • Objective 8 (PI 3.2.3):  Assure no systematic non-compliance in the fishery
  • Objective 9 (PI 3.2.4):  Establish regular evaluation of the management system
FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 2: FIP Launch
Start and Projected End Dates
April 2021
April 2026
Next Progress Report Due 
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Species 
Common Name 
Eastern Oysters
Scientific Name
Crassostrea virginica
Gear Type 
Cages
Dredge
Tongs
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 21 (Atlantic, Northwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
United States of America (the)
Geographic Scope 
Coastal waters of Virginia
Landings
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
17,009 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
17,009 metric tons
Landings Date 
December 2019
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FIP at a Glance

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April 01, 2021
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Progress Rating

A - Advanced Progress
Reserved for comprehensive FIPs that have a Stage 4 or 5 result within the past 12 months.

B - Good Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 in more than 12 months AND Stage 3 activity in the last year; OR a basic FIP that has achieved Stage 4 or 5 achievements within the past 12 months.

C - Some Recent Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 12 (but less than 24) months but has not generated a Stage 3 result within the past 12 months OR a FIP younger than a year that has never achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result but has completed a Stage 3 activity.

D - Some Past Progress
A FIP for which the most recent publicly reported Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 30) months.

E - Negligible Progress
A FIP older than a year that has not reported a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 30 month (but less than 36) months; OR a FIP younger than 1 year that has not reported a Stage 3 activity.

The ratings are currently derived by SFP from publicly available data on FIP websites, including FisheryProgress.org, and are determined using the following methodology: View PDF
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Actions Complete
  • Complete
  • Incomplete
Next Update Due FisheryProgress requires a FIP to provide update reports every six months, and two missed reports will render the FIP inactive. If a report is overdue, this date will appear red.
Oct 2021
Target End Date
Apr 2026

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Virginia Seafood Council
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
A.J. Erskine
Organization Name 
MRAG Americas
Organization Type 
Consultant
Primary Contact 
Bob Trumble
FIP Identification Number The FIP Identification Number is automatically generated by FisheryProgress when a FIP profile is created. While the number itself is not meaningful, they are used by NGOs, academia, and industry to refer to FIPs in a consistent way.
15384