Virginia Aquaculture Association
Fish farmers, researchers, teachers, and business professionals
working together for the benefit of the industry since 1991.
About Us
2014 Board & Officers

PRESIDENT - John E. Hofmeyer, Jr. - Williamsburg, VA
VICE PRESIDENT - Dr. Brendan Delbos - Hampton, VA
SECRETARY - Linda Layne - Fluvanna & Orange County
Dr. Lynn Blackwood - Lunenberg County

Eddie Cochran - Pittsylvanie County
Dr. David Crosby (VSU) - Chesterfield County
Dr. Wesley Glick - Campbell County
Michelle Lyons - Spotsylvania County
Dr. Brian Nerrie (VSU) - Chesterfield County
Donnie Perry - Gloucester County
Cindy Perry - Gloucester County
Justin Ritter - Richmond, VA
Dr. Michael Schwarz (VA TECH) - Hampton, VA
Randy Slayton - Lunenberg County

Contact Us

    P. O. Box 115, Bremo Bluff, VA 23022
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Our Mission
  • Advocate just and proper laws and regulations that may be necessary for the advancement, promotion, expansion, and well-being of the aquaculture and mariculture businesses in Virginia;
  • Conduct and support activities to assist in the development of these businesses in Virginia, including workshops and farm tours;
  • Pave the way for the future of aquaculture by supporting youth aquaculture initiatives;
  • Compile and communicate research needs of the industry to Virginia's aquaculture research institutions;
  • Promote the products and services of members;
  • And, promote public education.

VAA's president is John E. Hofmeyer, Jr. of Charles City County, Virginia. John has served on the VAA committee for nearly 12 years. Tomahund Farm is where John and his wife Tracy and their daughter, Maddy, reside and practice aquaculture on a few of the ponds. The farm was purchased by his grandfather in 1943 and expanded to 950 acres of grain, 100 head of beef cattle, hogs at one time, timber, etc. Over the years times changed and John's grandfather turned the farm over to his dad and uncle. John joined on with farm work in 1990 and helped run the cattle operation, 700 acres of grain, hay, and a grainery for sellng certified Virginia seed. Aquaculture ponds were utilized for growing hybrid striped bass in 2002 to present. Last year they added rainbow trout cages and doubled production this year. Hybrids are grown in the same pond using open culture. The lakes/ponds are clean, man-made gravel quarry mining pits. John decided to use them since they were already there and ready to stock. Gravel and sand is sold from the fields for construction materials, therefore leaving usable lakes.The water is a blue green color from spring fed surface water. John has had sucess with both species over the years, although fish farming always
has challenges.

John is also vice chair of the Virginia Aqua-Farmers Network (VAN), a co-op made up of 24 farmers in southern Virginia. They work together to raise their products (catfish, hybrid striped bass, freshwater prawns, rainbow trout) and market them to the public on a retail basis. Some of the benefits of VAN are: savings on feed, fingerlings, marketing, networking, and shareholding. John has been a director on the local Farm Bureau board for 20 years and he sits on the Virginia Farm Bureau aquaculture advisory committee. He is active in his Church as a Deacon. John's family retired from farming and leased out the acreage to local farmers in the area. John plans to keep raising fish as long as possible. He opened a boat repair shop in 2006 and is now expanding into a new large storefront on Rt. 5 on the farm. Tomahund Farm is located on the Chicahominy and James Rivers and is a prime location for his boat business. John's mission while president of the VAA is to expand youth aquaculture in schools, work with farmers interested in doing aquaculture, and work with VSU and VA Tech in aquaculture activities.

John E. Hofmeyer, Jr. (804) 370-3795

VAA's Vice President is Brendan Delbos. Brendan received his BS in Marine Biology from Southampton College and MS in Aquaculture and Fisheries from Louisiana State University. He has over 15 years of experience in the field and has held management positions in both the research and commercial aquaculture sectors. Brendan has been a board member of the VAA for over two years and is currently employed by Aquaneering as the company’s East Coast Representative. Brendan hopes that his experience will help him serve as resource to the Virginia aquaculture community and he looks forward to serving as a VAA officer.

Contact:  Brendan Delbos 757-773-1535
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