Can the deep-sea red crab go from “generic crabmeat” to certified sustainable delicacy? Captain Jon Williams thinks so, and he’s enlisted the help of Virginia Sea Grant extension agents for research into methods of keeping the crabs alive onshore, as well as cooking, packaging, and marketing them.
This summer, the Web site that is teachers’ preferred source for reliable marine science resources got a facelift. Virginia Sea Grant educators developed the Bridge a decade ago, and the site remains strong in the age of Google.
The movements of tiny fish larvae could hold the key to understanding the dynamics of fisheries in the Delaware and Chesapeake bays. A group of Sea Grant researchers from Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware are studying the oceanographic and biological forces that control when and how larval fish enter our estuaries.
Citizen-scientists are helping Sea Grant and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission track game fish movements in the Commonwealth and beyond. The results of their efforts for the Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program include better fisheries management and more empowered fishermen.
Despite tough economic times, one group of graduates is finding plenty of opportunity in the boating industry of coastal Virginia. The marine trades training programs at Rappahannock Community College are turning out a new workforce that is in great demand.