Where to Get Supplies

To purchase oyster floats, kits, and other oyster gardening supplies, please see the list below or download a PDF file here.

Hampton Roads Southside

Location/SupplierMerchandise Sold

Taylor's Do It Centers

Hilltop Store:
1609 Laskin Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
757-425-6120

Haygood Store:
1123 Independence Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Tel: 757-460-3716

Norfolk Store:
3400 Colley Ave
Norfolk, VA 23508
757-622-7175

Call store to check for supplies in stock.

Hilltop: Full supply of items: small and large mesh bags, ropes, and float piping for the bags.

Haygood: 3/16" and 3/8" mesh bags.

Norfolk: Ropes and float piping; possible they may have bags at some point.

Capt. Tom's Oyster Floats
2612 Pitchdack Lane
Chesapeake, VA
757-558-9753

Contact: Tom Noffsinger, Sr. or Jr.
Website: OysterGardening.com
E-mail:
Tom@OysterGardening.com
TomJr@OysterGardening.com

Short Oyster Float: $165 includes

  • Coated wire floating cage (2'x2'x1')
  • Stainless steel connection hooks
  • Oyster starter bag (including pvc bag slide seals, cable ties), 500 capacity
  • Oyster growing bag (including pvc bag slide seals, cable ties), 500 capacity
  • Hinged predator-proof top with tie-down accessory
  • Two 14-foot dock lines
  • Capacity 500 oysters (spat to maturity)
  • No rust...years of growing with minimum maintenance!

Long Oyster Float: $215 includes

  • Coated wire floating cage (4'x2'x1')
  • Stainless steel connection hooks
  • Oyster starter bag (including pvc bag slide seals, cable ties), 1000 capacity
  • Oyster growing bag (including pvc bag slide seals, cable ties), 1000 capacity
  • Hinged predator-proof top with tie-down accessory
  • Two 14-foot dock lines
  • Capacity 1000 oysters (spat to maturity)
  • No rust...years of growing with minimum maintenance!

Bags and accessories also available individually.

Call ahead and tell them you are working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Lynnhaven River Now
1608 Pleasure House Road
Suite 108
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
757 - 962-5398
lynnhavenrivernow.org

"Taylor Float" $100
Call the office for more information on availability.

Hampton Roads Peninsula and Middle Peninsula

Location/SupplierMerchandise Sold

Eastfield Farms
P.O. Box 275
Mathews, VA 23109
804-725-3948
Contact: Peter Perina
eastfields@rivnet.net

Virginia Distributor for Coastal Aquaculture.

Oyster bags, cages, Aquatrays.

Bottle float kits: six-bag kit $42, three-bag kit $30.

Foam floats: $3 each (need two per bag)

Call or email for more information and to order.

Northern Neck

Location/SupplierMerchandise Sold

Jett's Hardware
18425 Northumberland Hwy
Reedville, VA 22539
Contact: Roger Wilkins
804-453-5325

Materials to assemble "Taylor Floats" (wire, pipes)

Assembled "Taylor Floats"

Oyster mesh bags, smal and large

Call store to check for prices and supplies in stock.

Chesapeake Bay Oyster Company, LLC
PO Box 96
Wake, VA 23176
Contact: Doug McMinn
804-338-6530
Website: www.bayoyster.com
E-mail: doug@bayoyster.com

Oyster bags, floats, oyster farming equipment.  

Call for prices. Tell them you are working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Rappahannock River Oyster Farm
2001 Mill Creek Rd.
Wake, VA 23176
804-776-9422
Contact: Charlie Ransone

Sells mesh bag grow-out systems and "Taylor Floats."

"Taylor Floats" Sizes:

  • 2x4 w/ lid: $125.00
  • 4x8 w/ lid: $140.00

Grow out bags (all sizes): $6.00

Capt. Tom's Oyster Floats
P.O. Box 148
Deltaville, VA 23043
804-815-1423

Contact: Tom Noffsinger, Sr.
Website: OysterGardening.com
E-mail:
Tom@OysterGardening.com

Sells two sizes of "Taylor Floats," completely assembled. Includes starter bag, "grow out" bag, predator-proof top, and two 15-foot dock lines.

4x2x1 "Taylor Float"
Capacity: 1000 mature oysters

2x2x1 float "Taylor Float"
Capacity: 500 mature oysters

Call ahead and tell them you are working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Eastern Shore (or see Mail Order Suppliers below)

Location/SupplierMerchandise Sold

Capt. Tom's Oyster Floats
P.O. Box 367
Onancock, VA 23417
757/710-0279
Contact: Bill Chamberlain
E-mail: bill@oystergardening.com
Website: OysterGardening.com

 

Short Oyster Float: $165 includes

  • Coated wire floating cage (2'x2'x1')
  • Stainless steel connection hooks
  • Oyster starter bag (including pvc bag slide seals, cable ties), 500 capacity
  • Oyster growing bag (including pvc bag slide seals, cable ties), 500 capacity
  • Hinged predator-proof top with tie-down accessory
  • Two 14-foot dock lines
  • Capacity 500 oysters (spat to maturity)
  • No rust...years of growing with minimum maintenance!

Long Oyster Float: $215 includes

  • Coated wire floating cage (4'x2'x1')
  • Stainless steel connection hooks
  • Oyster starter bag (including pvc bag slide seals, cable ties), 1000 capacity
  • Oyster growing bag (including pvc bag slide seals, cable ties), 1000 capacity
  • Hinged predator-proof top with tie-down accessory
  • Two 14-foot dock lines
  • Capacity 1000 oysters (spat to maturity)
  • No rust...years of growing with minimum maintenance!

Bags and accessories also available individually.

Call ahead and tell them you are working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

 

Shooting Point Oyster Co.
Bayford, VA
757-693-1303
Contact: Tom Gallivan
tom@shootingpointoysters.com

Small and large sealed end mesh bags, black floats for bags, pre-made bag-float rigs, mini Taylor Floats (2' x 3'),  single and double bottom cages (3' x 4', 2' x 3').

Call ahead : By appointment only. E-mail preferred for setting up up pick-up times.
Tell them you are working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Mail Order

Location/SupplierMerchandise Sold

Atlantic Aquaculture Supply
560 Metacom Ave.
Warren, RI 02885
800-442-8727
Contact: Pete Seabring or
Dave Gauntlett
Order online at
atlanticaquaculture.com

Sells the Floating Bag "Grow-Out System" which includes one small mesh bag and two large mesh bag grow-out systems with floats (for transferring your oysters into as they grow).

Cost: $59.95 plus shipping.

Specify you are working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation when ordering.

Coastal Aquacultural Supplier
100 Glen Road
Cranston, RI 02920
800-645-0023
Contact: Brian Bowes
E-mail: coastal@coastalaquacultural.com
coastalaquacultural.com

Largest supplier in the Northeast and widest selection of shellfish-grower materials. Various sized mesh bags, spat bags, anything you need.

Cost: To be determined, call for details.

Specify you are working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation when ordering.

Prices and information for 2014. This information may change for the 2015 season.

**Please wear gloves and relevant protective clothing while handling your oyster shells or float in order to prevent waterborne illness.**

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