- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

TANGIER ISLAND, Va. (AP) - Virginia now has an eighth oyster region.

State officials announced in a news release Thursday that Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore and first lady Dorothy McAuliffe visited Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay to announce the addition of the Tangier/Middle Bay Region.

The region joins seven others to form the Virginia Oyster Trail, a public-private partnership working to brand the Virginia oyster travel experience. State officials say Virginia is the nation’s largest producer of fresh and farm-raised oysters and each region produces oysters with distinct flavors.

McAuliffe says the addition will allow travelers to experience the region in a new way. Haymore says the designation further bolsters the state’s oyster industry.

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