Reedville is located on Virginia’s Northern Neck. The Northern Neck is the northernmost of peninsula or “neck” on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia.
The Northern Neck is separated by the Potomac River on the north and the Rappahannock River on the south.
Captain John Smith referred to the Northern Neck area as “a place heaven and earth never agreed better to frame man’s habitation.”
Reedville has a local economy which depends heavily on Virginia’s commercial fishing industry.
Omega Protein is a major employer for residents. Their fleet of menhaden purse seine boats and aircraft are easily recognized in the Chesapeake and along the Virginia coast.
The company is the nation’s largest producer of fish oil, protein rich fish meal, and other products derived from menhaden. Rich in omega-3, the oil is used for animal feeds and also as a human health supplement.
Reedville Virginia ranks among the top ports in the nation for quantity of seafood landings, primarily Atlantic menhaden.