Here’s where you can learn about the ‘Legendary Bay Oyster’

(Souhthside Daily photo/Courtesy of Kenny Fletcher/Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
(Souhthside Daily photo/Courtesy of Kenny Fletcher/Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

VIRGINIA BEACH — Fisheries experts will discuss the biology, history and future of the native oyster at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s next free Brock Environmental Center Learning Series discussion on Sept. 11.

 “The Legendary Bay Oyster” will include presentations by Steven Bowman, commissioner of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, and Missy Southworth, senior marine scientist at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

The discussion on the iconic shellfish comes as the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance works toward a goal of 10 billion new oysters in the Bay by 2025.

The talk will be from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Brock Environmental Center at 3663 Marlin Bay Drive.

Parking is available a short walk from the Brock Center on Marlin Bay Drive. The event is free, but space is limited. Required advance registration is available here.

The Brock Environmental Center Learning Series features discussions at CBF’s Brock Center on the environment, culture, and history of Hampton Roads.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.