Coastal populations are booming, making access to the water a national problem. Virginia Sea Grant is collaborating with several other programs to bring together stakeholders from communities around the country to share local solutions to preserving public access and working waterfronts.
Marine Recreation Specialist Jon Lucy retired in June after 38 years of service with VIMS and the Marine Advisory Program. Working with Claude Bain of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC), Lucy cofounded the Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program. This angler-assisted research program trains recreational fishermen to collect scientific data about the fish they pursue. As Jon’s successor, I joined him on a tagging trip in November on the Elizabeth River. We had a spectacular day for fishing and succeeded in tagging more than a dozen fish. I took the opportunity to ask Jon about his experience with the tagging program.
About 100 Virginia Sea Grant researchers, staff, and partners gathered in Richmond on February 2 to share resources and experiences relating to their work with VASG. The symposium was followed by the Virginia Seafood Council’s annual Seafood and Wine Reception. VASG director Troy Hartley’s “State of Sea Grant” report can be viewed below, and more information is available on the Symposium web page.
Twelve projects researching Virginia’s coastal and marine environments will receive financial support through Virginia Sea Grant’s research program. The funding totals $535,899, with about $192,000 supporting graduate students, $233,000 supporting preliminary investigations, and $111,000 supporting large-scale research. Read more about all of our research projects and funding opportunities.