- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is touting the state’s growing oyster business and declaring November Virginia Oyster Month.

McAuliffe’s office said Wednesday that more than 135 million oysters were planted in Virginia in 2015, a 27 percent increase from the year before.

The governor said oyster tourism is increasing in Virginia, which boats eight distinct oyster growing regions.

Virginia started a state oyster trail last year to boost tourism.

The Old Dominion’s oyster population has recovered from 1980s, when pollution and other factors made oysters hard to find and nearly inedible.

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