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.
June 19, 2020

Digital storyteller talks science communication
during VIMS virtual Marine Science Day

Virginia Sea Grant’s digital storyteller Aileen Devlin answered questions about visual science communication and her career path. You can watch a recording of her Q&A session and read some of her answers here.
June 13, 2020

Research identifies social and economic barriers
to growth of oyster aquaculture

A paper published in the March issue of Frontiers in Marine Science is the first to link social and economic factors with Virginia oyster lease productivity.
May 22, 2020

National Ocean Sciences Bowl adapts to
first-ever virtual competition

With some adjustments and flexibility, 19 teams who won regional ocean science competitions were able to participate in the 23rd National Ocean Sciences Bowl. This year’s competition featured biology, chemistry, geology, physics, and policy questions related to the theme of “understanding human, economic, and environmental resiliency in the Gulf of Mexico.”
May 15, 2020

Knauss fellow applies policy to protect marine sanctuaries

Sophie Godfrey-McKee supported the Monterey Bay and Channel Island National Marine Sanctuaries during her 2019 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship in NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. As part of the policy and planning division, Godfrey-McKee contributed to biological evaluations and consultation letters that outlined the environmental impacts of research and day-to-day management for the seafloor.
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.
May 4, 2020

Inventory and Innovation:
Fellows lay groundwork for Virginia’s coastal master plan

The coastal resilience master plan will identify Virginia’s coastal vulnerability, identify coastal resilience projects in progress, and make recommendations for future priorities.
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.
April 11, 2020

Digital Coast fellow shows how coastal planning and prep
pays off for Gulf Coast

NOAA Digital Coast Fellow Shanna Williamson is analyzing the flooding responses planned by 20 Gulf Coast Counties to determine common types of responses and their return on investment.
April 8, 2020

Graduate Symposium 2020:
Learning to think outside and inside the box

The poster session was one of many “out of the box” components of the Graduate Symposium 2020, designed to strengthen the skillsets and networks of graduate students engaged in coastal and marine studies.
April 3, 2020

A message to the VASG community about COVID-19

We are all practicing fluid, flexible thinking in response to the rapidly changing situation – that same idea that we advance in the professional development training for our fellows, that we need to learn how to be comfortable being uncomfortable.
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.
March 13, 2020

VASG director appointed to
Water Center state advisory board

Troy Hartley, director of Virginia Sea Grant, has been appointed to the Virginia Water Resources Research Center statewide advisory board. Hartley is one of four new appointees to the Water Center’s advisory board in 2020.
February 21, 2020

Blue Crab Blues:
Will ocean acidification cause growing pains for baby crabs?

Acidic water can affect the protective shells blue crabs grow as they mature to adulthood, but how will acidic conditions affect a crab’s earliest life stages?
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.
February 7, 2020

Restoring a shoreline to strengthen coastal communities

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January 30, 2020

Getting Off the Ground: Fellow investigates floating foundations

Elevating homes can keep flood water out, but what about houses that could rise above the flooding—and still return to ground level once the water subsides? One technique called amphibiation allows houses to do just that.
January 17, 2020

Algal blooms can nip oysters in the bud
Fellow investigates impacts of harmful algae on aquaculture

Sometimes on late summer nights, the waves glow bright blue along the beaches of the York River. But the algal blooms responsible for this spectacle can also cause trouble for oyster aquaculture.
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.”