March 29, 2021

Gray Montrose joins VCPC as assistant director

The Virginia Coastal Policy Center at W&M Law School welcomes a new assistant director, Gray Montrose.
November 11, 2020

Seven steps to safe seafood:
HACCP training serves as safety net for Virginia Consumers

Each HACCP class covers seven steps: identify food hazards, determine what steps can control these hazards, the critical limits needed to eliminate the hazards, and establishing monitoring procedures, corrective actions, verification procedures, and record-keeping.
September 17, 2020

New marine education specialist
joins VIMS Marine Advisory Program

We would like to welcome Stacy Keating to Virginia Sea Grant (VASG). As the business manager, Keating will monitor and assist with VASG’s fiscal budget, grant awards, and sub-awards.
September 11, 2020

Telling the ‘story’ of fish:
Virginia Gamefish Tagging Program marks 25th year

This year, 11 new anglers joined the program of roughly 200 volunteer taggers who keep track of popular recreational species in Virginia’s waters.
August 17, 2020

Sheltering in a pandemic:
Emergency managers consider COVID impacts on hurricane evacuation

A working group of local, state, and national leaders convened to prepare for hurricane season during a pandemic in May and June. During the series of six meetings, the CONVERGE workgroup discussed vulnerability, containing the spread of coronavirus, logistics of shelter operations, communicating risk, and the psychological toll caused by multiple hazards.
August 7, 2020

Survey shows flooding risks and realities
in three Hampton neighborhoods

To document the flooding experiences of local residents, a research team surveyed three historic neighborhoods in Hampton, Virginia, that are vulnerable to flooding.The survey asked residents about their experiences with flooding and adaptive measures they have taken to increase their resilience. Homeowners also rated their ability to cope with flooding, and what flood impacts would cause them to consider relocation.
July 6, 2020

Carol Hopper-Brill says ‘aloha’
after 15 years as a VIMS marine educator

Carol Hopper-Brill retired at the end of June after spending 15 years on the Marine Advisory Program’s education team at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). She has designed countless hands-on activities to bring marine science to life for educators, students, and the public.
June 29, 2020

Research, policy ‘paved the way’
for eelgrass carbon credits in Virginia

As water quality improvements allow seagrass meadows to survive and expand, carbon offset credits from registered projects could provide a funding mechanism for additional restoration work, said Karen McGlathery, lead investigator at the Virginia Coast Reserve Long-Term Ecological Research area, where the study was conducted.
May 6, 2020

Aquaculture, aquariums, and seafood safety at VSAREC

VSAREC staff provides technical support and scientific guidance to the seafood and aquaculture industries, both in Virginia and throughout the U.S. through food safety training, support for food processors, and internship programs that train future leaders in cutting-edge aquaculture.
April 22, 2020

VSAREC survey paints ‘dire picture’
for US aquaculture from COVID-19

A survey of aquaculture, aquaponics, and allied businesses conducted by aquaculture specialists is tracking the effects of COVID-19 on U.S. aquaculture.
March 25, 2020

Chefs’ symposium equips students,
professionals to tell the ‘story’ behind seafood

The Chefs' Seafood Symposium, hosted by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science’s Marine Advisory Program, aims to connect chefs with the science behind the seafood they serve.
February 15, 2020

Resilience panel says shoot for the moon,
think beyond the project, trust the process

Panelists emphasized that this collaboration, along with an understanding of resilience and sustainability, requires an open dialogue between different groups—and can be as simple as starting conversations with colleagues or family members.
January 10, 2020

Covi moves on to “greener pastures”
after six years as VASG extension agent at ODU

After six years of boots-on-the-ground resilience efforts, Climate Adaptation & Resilience Assistant Professor of Practice Michelle Covi is leaving big shoes to fill at Old Dominion University. Covi relocated to Georgia to live and work on her family’s farm at the end of last year.
December 24, 2019

VCPC Conference
focuses on regional lessons in ‘Planning, Partnerships, and Paying for it all’

When discussing coastal resilience, one component of the community is often not present at the table: the private sector. The 2019 Virginia Coastal Policy Center (VCPC) Conference focused on “The Ps of Resilience: Planning, Partnerships, and Paying for It All.”
December 14, 2019

Virginia Aquaculture Conference
discusses new technologies, opportunities

The conference, hosted by the Marine Advisory Program at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, helps connect industry growers, suppliers, researchers, and agency staff.
November 8, 2019

Hampton Roads Adaptation Forum
discusses the measurement of resilience

Driving through Norfolk to get to the fall Hampton Roads Adaptation Forum, participants experienced some of the same nuisance flooding discussed later that day.
September 30, 2019

AECOM intern ‘soaks up’
resilience engineering experience

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September 6, 2019

Policy in Practice
Law Students Assist with Coastal Adaptation Master Plan

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July 5, 2019

Climate and community
Local perspective enriches resilience research

To hear from communities firsthand, Ben Nettleton, a Commonwealth Fellow hosted by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), helped organize two workshops to better connect TNC with local residents on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Nettleton organized workshops on the seaside in Wachapreague and on the bayside in Craddockville.
June 26, 2019

Preparing for oil spills in the mid-Atlantic
Workshops bridge gap between responders, researchers, and community

The workshop was one of a series of national workshops held to determine the needs of different coastal regions. At the mid-Atlantic workshop, 74 attendees from North Carolina up to Delaware represented aquaculture, tourism, public health, emergency response, academia, disaster research, and affected communities.