Shellfish Maps

Shellfish Map

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The Virginia Department of Health’s Shellfish Sanitation Division determines the areas where it is safe to eat oysters in the Lynnhaven River. They base these determinations on regional bacteria levels in the river, since oysters filtering in areas with high bacterial concentrations are unsafe for people to eat.

The standard for shellfish harvest is very rigorous. The standard for swimmable/fishable water is 200 fecal coliform colonies per 100 mL seawater and the standard for shellfish harvest is only 14 MPN/100 ml. Many areas of the Lynnhaven hover right around 14, some months a little over, some months a little under. Water quality measurements are taken monthly at 35 different locations in the Lynnhaven Inlet, Eastern and Western Branches, and in Broad and Linkhorn Bays. The 30 month average of these water quality tests is what determines which areas are open and evaluations are updated annually.

In 2005, only 1% of the Lynnhaven River met this rigorous standard. Today, 42% of the river is open to shellfish harvest, including 30% that is currently considered “open” in Broad Bay and Linkhorn Bay, and an additional 12% is “open with restrictions.” The restrictions apply after a significant rain event. Whenever we receive more than one inch of rain in a 24-hour period, that 12% of the river is closed for 10 days and reopens automatically thereafter. The restricted area is in the Inlet and Eastern and Western branches of the river.  This exciting water quality improvement has created the opportunity for individuals to raise and sell oysters from the Lynnhaven, thus we now have six active commercial oyster companies working in the river.

To see this level of improvement in the bacterial levels in the river over the past ten years is truly a testament to the efforts of the City of Virginia Beach to improve our storm water and sanitary sewer systems and to eliminate septic tanks. But this alone cannot explain the level of improvement we have seen. The compliance of boaters to the No Discharge Zone in the Lynnhaven has also positively contributed to these improvements. And so have each of you. If you are picking up after your dog and not feeding wildlife, you are also helping. If you have installed a waterway or street buffer garden or put in rain barrels to reduce your storm water runoff, you are helping.

To maintain this progress and to move this number up to 50% or 60% will require everyone’s help. Thanks for doing your part and I hope you have had the opportunity to enjoy some tasty Lynnhaven oysters this past year.

Click here  and click on Shellfish Condemnation Zones Provided by VDH to see conditionally open areas in green and closed areas in red.

EVENTS CALENDAR

April 2018

LRNEXT meeting

April 5, 2018
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Committees

April 5, Brock Environmental Center 6pm

Bird Walk

April 7, 2018
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM

Enjoy the early morning beauty of Pleasure House Point when the birds are the most active.
We will meet on Marlin Bay Drive at 7:30 AM and enjoy a pleasant ninety-minute walk with a birding expert from the Audubon Society.  These programs are free but we prefer that you preregister with Dana@LRNow.org or call our office at 757-962-5398.

April 7, 7:30 - 9 am

Cancelled due to rain

Waterway Cleanup

April 14, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Events

April 14th, 9am-noon at MOCA

Volunteer registration is FULL



Click on Waterway Cleanups for additional information

Stewardship & Access Committee

April 18, 2018
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Committees

This committee meets at 6 pm on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings are held at Hot Tuna  at 2817 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23451. November and December meeting schedules may be adjusted to accommodate winter holidays. Check Facebook or website calendar for changes.

 http://www.lynnhavenrivernow.org/get-involved/

Building a Shared Vision North Landing River/Albemarle Sound Estuarine Symposium

April 19, 2018
08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Events

April 19th, 8 AM-4PM
VB Convention Center

North Landing River




The City of Virginia Beach, in affiliation with the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership (APNEP), Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is hosting the “2018 North Landing River/Albemarle Sound Estuarine Symposium” on April 19, 2018 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.  The one-day event is designed to cultivate stakeholder collaboration, while providing awareness to identifying, protecting, and restoring the significant resources of the North Landing River/Albemarle Sound.  Sample topics of discussion include the cultural history of the North Landing Watershed, an overview of the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine System, and opportunities for collaboration and partnerships between Virginia and North Carolina agencies, non-profits and educational institutions.  Afternoon panel discussions, networking opportunities and poster sessions are also planned.

More information or Register Here


16th Annual Oyster Roast

April 21, 2018
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Events

Saturday April 21st, 2018 12pm-3pm

OYSTER ROAST FLYER 2018

Please join us for the 16th Annual Oyster Roast fundraising event on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 12-3pm at the home of Eleanor and Bob Stanton (4141 First Court Road Virginia Beach, Virginia). Enjoy Lynnhaven River aquacultured oysters, barbecue and beverages! Festivities include an oyster shucking contest, yard games, silent auction, live music and raffle prizes! Tickets are $75 per person. $65 Early bird ticket special will run until March 15th. Enter our raffle to win your own oyster roast for 30 people ($10 each). We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions please contact Terri Gorman at Terri@lrnow.org or call (757)-962-5398

To purchase your admission and/or raffle tickets please click on the link below:

https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/LynnhavenRiverNOW/Oysterroast-16.html
 Oyster roast sponsors 2018