Virginia Marine Resource Bulletin

September 5, 2010
Virginia Shellfish Aquaculture Situation and Outlook Report, by Thomas J. Murray and Michael J. Oesterling.

Report Details Shellfish Aquaculture Industry

Sales of Virginia-grown shellfish showed a mixed response to the slowing economy, according to the Virginia Shellfish Aquaculture Situation and Outlook Report for 2009, released this June.
December 12, 2011

Virginia Sea Grant Announces VCU, Mason Join Network of Coastal Experts

George Mason University (Mason) and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) have joined the Virginia Sea Grant community as partner institutions this fall. In addition to holding an advisory roll with Virginia Sea Grant, partner institutions benefit from joining a network of experts in coastal and marine science, extension, and communications in Virginia.
January 5, 2012

VIDEO: Burreson’s Contributions to Science, Policy Recognized with 2011 Mathias Medal

On a mid-October evening, Gene Burreson, who colleagues consider “one of maybe two of the most important figures in the field” of fish and shellfish pathology, stood before a room of resource managers, industry members, scientists, and family and humbly stated, “Although this award is only given to one person, science is not done alone. I’ve been lucky that I’ve always hired good people to work with me.”
January 26, 2012

Virginia Students Earn Prestigious Knauss Fellowships

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January 26, 2012
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Virginia Sea Grant Announces New Research Projects

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January 26, 2012
VIMS Ph.D. student and VASG Fellow Ryan Schloesser recovers a labmate’s buoy while trawling for flounder on the Eastern Shore. Photo ©Janet Krenn/VASG

Focus on Students

VASG is developing the future workforce of marine and coastal experts through fellowships, internships, and much more. The Winter 2012 Bulletin issue features work by and about students.
January 26, 2012
A youngster tries his first oyster. ©Kim Warner/VASG

Tasting the Bay

Even if you’ve tried raw oysters, you may have never really tasted one. Like wine, oysters grown in different areas taste different because they take on the characteristics of their environment. Simply slurping your oysters means you miss these delicate flavors. At the second annual Halfshell Oyster Tasting event in November, the Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association (TOGA) helped more than 200 people learn to really taste oysters. Attendees put their taste buds to the test trying to differentiate oysters from six growers who raise oysters at different places along the Chesapeake Bay. Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) and our extension partners were proud cosponsors of this fun event.
January 26, 2012
Graduate students Malee Jinuntuya, Billur Celebi and Meredith McPherson prepare to count submerged seagrass abundance. ©Carly Rose/VASG

Light Beneath the Surface: Requirements for Seagrass Growth

Old Dominion University professor Dick Zimmerman and his lab are developing a new model to predict where seagrass can grow in the Bay. This article features the work of communications intern Kate Schimel and photography intern Carly Rose.
February 3, 2012

Leading Learning: From the Classroom to Virginia Beach

A century from now, 18-30% of Virginia Beach’s current land area could be underwater, according to a number of studies of projected sea level rise. On a shorter timescale, many residents are already seeing increased flooding, erosion, and storm damage. These impending changes led to a partnership between a team of students and faculty from the University of Virginia and the City of Virginia Beach, the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, and the nonprofit, Wetlands Watch, for a series of projects aimed at helping the city respond and adapt to sea level rise.
March 12, 2012

Students Lead Exploration of Community-Supported Fishery Concept

A new partnership between Virginia Sea Grant and the College of William and Mary is exploring whether a community-supported fishery is a feasible means to help reverse this trend by promoting greater consumption of locally harvested fish and shellfish.
March 14, 2012

Bishop Sullivan Takes 1st at 2012 Blue Crab Bowl

For a record fifth year in row, Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School (Virginia Beach) took first place at the annual Blue Crab Bowl, Virginia's marine and ocean science quiz competition. This year's Blue Crab Bowl was held at Old Dominion University on March 3. Other placing teams including Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School (Glenns) in second, Seton School (Manassas) in third, and Grafton High School (Yorktown) in fourth.
June 12, 2012
Ken Neill holds a tautog that was retagged after a record 2,826 days. ©VGFTP

Tagger Ken Neill Sets Record for Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program

In April of 2004, Ken Neill tagged an 11.5 inch tautog off Cape Henry. Neill didn’t think about that fish again for a long time, until it was recaptured on January 5, 2012 by Joe Stagnato, close to the location where it was tagged.
June 12, 2012
Atlantic moonfish (Selene setapinnis) with their stomachs dissected for VASG Graduate Research Fellow Mark Stratton’s research on East Coast fish communities. ©Margaret Pizer/VASG

VASG Welcomes 2012 Graduate Research Fellows

Virginia Sea Grant has awarded two-year Graduate Research Fellowships to five students at Virginia institutions. The fellowship supports Ph.D. students engaged in coastal and marine research relevant to Virginia and the VASG strategic plan. The program emphasizes communication skills, and fellows work with outreach or end-user mentors t
June 12, 2012
Christopher Newport University student Lauren Davis carries minnow traps at the Virginia Zoo. Davis is working with professor Jessica Thompson to investigate the effects of fringe marsh width on mummichogs to help managers design more effective marsh conservation strategies. ©Janet Krenn/VASG

Research Ready

Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) supports research efforts in a wide range of disciplines—from ecology to oceanography and from animal health to social science—all providing benefits to Virginia’s coastal environments and communities. VASG offers funding opportunities for graduate student projects, preliminary and pilot research, and larger-scale studies.
June 12, 2012
A map of Chesapeake Bay from the wall of the Virginia Sea Grant marine policy interns' office. ©Janet Krenn/VASG

Mapping Fisheries Management

VASG director Troy Hartley brings a social scientist’s perspective to a National Research Council committee to evaluate fishery stock rebuilding efforts.
June 12, 2012
Marine Scientist Jennifer Stanhope, VASG Graduate Research Fellow Annie Murphy, and Mark Luckenbach take water samples from the cores over the course of the day to measure the nutrient concentrations in the water. ©Margaret Pizer/VASG

Nutrient Flow in Clam Aquaculture

Virginia’s hard clam industry produces between $20 and $30 million of clams annually, and individual clam farms cover areas ranging from 10’s to 100’s of acres. A Virginia Sea Grant-funded research team led by VIMS faculty members Iris Anderson, Mark Luckenbach, and Mark Brush is investigating the effects of these large-scale aquaculture operations on the flow of nutrients in Bay ecosystems. The results will help managers and clam farmers make sure the industry can function sustainably for years to come.
June 12, 2012

Terrapin Files

Diamondback terrapins face a variety of threats—from coastal development to crab fishing. A team of VASG-funded researchers are mapping terrapin habitat and threats to aid in the development of effective management strategies.
June 28, 2012

CNU Research Team Looks for Link Between Living Shorelines and Important Fish

Christopher Newport University biology professor Jessica Thompson wants to know whether man-planted grassy banks designed to stop shoreline erosion might also play an important ecological role: providing habitat for small fish called mummichog.
November 19, 2012
Iconic buildings of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. ©Bobak Ha'Eri

Symposium Explores Colonial Roots of Virginia’s Climate Change Response

What do kings’ grants, imperialism, and British common law have to do with climate change? A group of lawyers, legal scholars, historians, and scientists came together to discuss them all at “History, Property, and Climate Change in the Former Colonies,” a symposium held in the Moot Courtroom at Washington and Lee Law School.
December 6, 2012
Virginia National Guard Soldiers from conduct reconnaissance patrols in support of Hurricane Sandy operations Oct. 29, 2012, in Norfolk, Va. ©Sgt. 1st Class A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs

Sharing Flood and Adaptation Experiences in Hampton Roads (Forum 1: Nov. 16, 2012)

As Superstorm Sandy barreled up the East Coast at the end of October, a group of planners, administrators, engineers, emergency managers, and scientists in Hampton Roads found themselves in the strange position of postponing a meeting about flooding due to the threat of impending flooding.

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