Virginia Marine Resource Bulletin Winter 2013

January 17, 2013

Global Aquaculture Starts at Home

Talk to any of the five interns at Virginia Tech’s Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center (VSAREC) in the days leading up to the cobia larval run, and the word that you’ll hear is intense. Or as Hannah Mark, a second-year student at Dalhousie University in Canada, puts it: “I’m equal parts excited and terrified.”
January 8, 2013

Old-Fashioned Legwork: Documenting Working Waterfronts in VA, MD

Documenting the docks, facilities, and ramps available for coastal businesses in Virginia and Maryland requires perseverance and persistence—and a car.
January 8, 2013

New Tool Helps Coastal Virginia Invest Wisely in Working Waterfronts

Access to the water is shrinking as historic access points become restricted, fall apart, or get sold. But before Virginia’s localities can start prioritizing and preserving working waterfronts, they need to know where these sites are.
December 18, 2012
Knauss Fellow Theresa Davenport. ©Kathryn Greves/VASG

2013 Knauss Fellows to Serve in DC

Virgnia’s 2013 Knauss Fellows will begin their fellowships in February. Theresa Davenport will spend her Knauss fellowship as an analyst in NOAA’s Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation (PPE). She will help set the course for NOAA by helping develop a 5 year strategic plan for research and development and by helping the office stay up-to-date on emerging science and policy issues. Davenport, who has a master’s in marine science from VIMS, says she is looking forward to being part of the team that helps shape NOAA’s research direction and helping ensure that the best available research i
December 17, 2012

Aquaculture Enterprise Budgets Help Crunch the Numbers

A new “enterprise budget” for Virginia’s oyster aquaculture industry aims to help lenders and potential aquaculturists better understand what goes into a successful oyster-growing business. The oyster crop budgets consist of a set of spreadsheets that allow users to estimate costs and earnings, along with a manual to help guide users through the spreadsheets. Enterprise budgets are widely used for traditional farm crops to help farmers and their investors make business decisions.
December 16, 2012
Aerial view of the York River near Sarah’s Creek during an algal bloom. Aug. 3, 2012. ©Kimberly Reece/VIMS

Primer Helps Shellfish Industry Navigate Harmful Algal Blooms

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December 14, 2012
Wendi Quidort and Katie Reece take water samples from an experiment in Sarah's Creek. ©Margaret Pizer/VASG

Graduate Research Fellow Raises the Profile of Viruses in Wastewater

Viruses tend to fly—or float—under the radar when it comes to most water quality standards, but Wendi Quidort’s research may be changing that soon. The Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellow, who is working towards her Ph.D. at Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), has been making some interesting discoveries about what viruses released from wastewater treatment plants might be doing in Virginia’s creeks and estuaries.
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.
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.
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.

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