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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Virginia shellfish farmers are leading the nation in hard clam sales.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that data from the College of William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows that shellfish farmers sold about $32.3 million worth of aquacultured clams in 2015.

Virginia also came out on top in oyster sales among East Coast states. The report shows that the state's shellfish farmers sold $16 million in oysters last year.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Scientists are studying what would happen if a series of floodgates are built across the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Virginian-Pilot reports a team led by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science are trying to find out the consequences of a potential 24-mile-long network of barriers between Virginia Beach and the southern tip of the Eastern Shore.

YORKTOWN, Va. (AP) - Researchers in Virginia are keeping an eye on red algae blooms in the Chesapeake Bay.

The blooms suck oxygen from the water. That makes it difficult for marine life to survive. They are driven by warm water and excessive nutrients, and typically occur in the lower Chesapeake Bay in July or August.

Kim Reece with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science tells WAVY-TV that this summer's blooms are the worst in years.