Support America's First Oyster and Protect Small Farmers

We are trying to help local, small oyster farmers to be able to use modern technologies to grow oysters on the Lynnhaven River. Currently, we are forced to use technologies that were developed in the 1920's. However, a new, more environmentally friendly technology exists and we are one approval away from unlocking this potential for local oyster farmers in Virginia Beach and bringing back America's First Oyster for all American's to enjoy!

Specifics of the application you're supporting:

- 1.46% of Broad Bay's water to be populated with two thousand floating oyster cages (this would be less than 0.24% of the Lynnhaven River testing oyster growing technology from this century!)
- 4 Million+ more oysters in The Lynnhaven River in the next 24 months (we never let the total number of oysters go down, we always put more in that we take out)
- 20 Million+ gallons of water filtering power every day... THIS PROJECT ALONE WILL FILTER THE ENTIRE LYNNHAVEN RIVER ONCE EVERY TWO MONTHS OR SIX TIMES PER YEAR!
- 5 new full time jobs in Virginia Beach
- A consistent, fresh, Lynnhaven Oyster supply for every restaurant and citizen that wants to support America's First Oyster

The Lynnhaven River has gone from 5% clean to 50% over the last 15 years. However, we've started to see that number decrease again because of more protests against oyster farmers and restoration. We need more oysters in the river and more farmers to help sustain and grow this critical environmentally friendly business here in Virginia Beach... and, the whole world needs to know that America's First Oyster is back!

Update #3about a month ago
HEARING TOMORROW! Please submit your support NOW!! This is our last chance.

https://webapps.mrc.virginia.gov/public/habitat/comments/

Use our permit #20201974

Example comments:

"I support more environmentally friendly floating oyster cages in Broad Bay"

"I understand the concerns others may have, but floating oyster cages will benefit our river, provide ample space for recreation, and improve our home values"

Feel free to just copy and paste above.
Update #2about a month ago
Just a quick reminder that we need your help to show that you are in favor on the official VA state website.

https://webapps.mrc.virginia.gov/public/habitat/comments/

Use our permit #20201974

Example comments:

"I support more environmentally friendly floating oyster cages in Broad Bay"

"I understand the concerns others may have, but floating oyster cages will benefit our river, provide ample space for recreation, and improve our home values"

Feel free to just copy and paste above.
Update #11 months ago
First, thank you for signing our petition. We have one final ask before our hearing in 6 DAYS

Can you file your support on the VMRC website?

1) click here: https://webapps.mrc.virginia.gov/public/habitat/comments/
2) Fill in application number 20201974 and personal info
3) Confirm your email, click the link in the mail
4) Choose 'favor' from the drop down
5) fill in comments, less is more, or copy and paste "I support more environmentally friendly floating oyster cages in Broad Bay"

Thanks


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