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Shellfish Leases for Sale

Any persons seeking to sell or purchase an oyster planting ground lease are responsible for their own terms and conditions. The VMRC will not participate in any negotiations between the two parties. 

The physical transfer of any lease must be approved by the Marine Resources Commission by means of submittal of an application for transfer oyster planting ground that can be obtained from VMRC or directly from the internet at Ground Leasing. The current year lease rent must be paid in order to transfer an oyster planting ground lease. The administrative cost to transfer leases is provided on the transfer form.

If you are an existing oyster planting ground leaseholder or if you are seeking to obtain an oyster planting ground lease and wish to be added to this list, E-mail the information you wish to post to Please indicate in your request how long you would like your information posted. Information more than one year old will be removed; if you would like your information removed from the list earlier please send an email to the address above.

Other shellfish lease related links:

Oyster Ground Leasing
Shellfish Aquaculture
Pending Oyster Lease Applications

Information is posted in chronological order.

Wish to sell leases
For Lease:  25 acres of oyster planting ground in Deep Creek, Eastern Shore, VA. $8000. 00

Call 757-709-8854 or Email

added 5/10/17
Sale or lease: 24.07 acres Cherrystone Creek
lease# 19673
call - 757-263-7599
if no answer, leave message

added 11/14/2017  

50+/- acres of oyster lease that I wish to sell in the Piankatank River. $6,000.

Contact David Callis (804)824-4614

added 7/19/16
For Lease: 200 acres in Nansemond River in Suffolk, VA
$40,000 negotiable

Contact Mary Hill at 757-685-1730

added 4/03/2017
For Lease: 250 acres in James River by the James River Bridge
$50,000 negotiable

Contact Mary Hill at 757-685-1730

added 4/03/2017

Leases Wanted

Want to buy oyster ground lease in the area's of Back River, Hampton, Poquoson, York River or maybe James River depending on area in the James. Please call Aaron Tatem 757-236-1068 or email

added 11/21/17
WTB: Oyster ground lease on James River with existing oysters or with suitable bottom for planting contact Tom Walker (757)773-4083 or

added 12/30/16
Wanted: oyster ground lease for planting in Milford Haven or Piankatank River.
Contact Jonathan Holloway

added 1/17/17
Wanted: oyster ground lease on Onancock Creek for cage aquaculture.

Contact Andrew Briggs 919-413-4374 or

added 2/14/17

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