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“Whenever we have a legislative session where there is no harm done to the industry, we consider that a successful legislative session,” said Mike Oesterling, executive director of Shellfish Growers of Virginia.

A lot of bills from this year’s General Assembly will affect shellfish aquaculture, mostly in the business realm, but not to the effect that it was something that the industry really needed to be on top of. In general, I think the shellfish aquaculture industry faired well during this legislative session, said Oesterling.