Chincoteague Virginia is well known for its excellent quality oysters. The island is a maze of oyster bars and reefs, both natural and man made. The clean salty ocean water provides and ideal environment for the growth of oysters and other shellfish.
The oysters that grow around Chincoteague Island are known as Eastern, Atlantic or Virginia oysters (Crassostrea Virginica). They are designated as the state shell of Virginia.
Oysters are a good source of Protein, Vitamin C, Thiamin, Niacin, Magnesium, and Phosphorus. They also contain Vitamin B12, Iron, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, and Selenium.