August 13, 2010

Right Conditions, Wrong Algae: Water Quality Indicators and HABs

Researchers aim to predict critical amount of light and nutrient concentrations needed to produce harmful algal blooms (HABs).
August 13, 2010

Parasite a Cause of Blue Crab Troubles?

Researchers investigate to what extent a parasite is affecting juvenile Chesapeake Bay blue crab.
August 13, 2010

Safe and Scrumptious: Developing Methods for Safe Seafood Cooking

Researchers study thermal inactivation rates of foodborne diseases in order to develop time and temperature cooking profiles for seafood to obtain the best cooking parameters for “doneness” and quality.
May 17, 2010

Spring 2010: Marine Spatial Planning–What is it? Why do it?

Is "marine spatial planning" just a new buzzword, or can it really help improve ocean health? Morgan Gopnik is an independent consultant with more than 20 years of experience advising government, industry, and NGOs in ocean and marine issues. In this visiting scholar seminar, Gopnik discusses the history, status, and potential of marine spatial planning.
March 22, 2010
Anne Khademian

Spring 2010: The Scientific, the Political, and the Local

Professor Anne M. Khademian is the Alexandria Program Director for the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech. Anne's expertise in organizational culture and leadership has been applied to a range of public policy settings, including homeland security, financial regulation, and climate governance. Her seminar focuses on collaborative leadership in governance networks.
February 25, 2010

2010 Knauss Fellow Translates Science to Policy

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February 10, 2010
Selling fish at farmers' market.

Marketer, Educator, Processor

…and waterman. One Virginia fishing family is taking on all of these roles and more to sell their catch directly to consumers at farmers’ markets. They are also spreading the word to other watermen about the increased profits that can be gained by this strategy.
February 10, 2010
Fish oil capsules

From Discovery to Market

Virginia Tech’s Zhiyou Wen is looking for a way to capitalize on a chance connection between the biodiesel industry and the demand for omega-3 fatty acids. Algae that grow on waste glycerol from biofuel production can turn that byproduct into omega-3s for use in a variety of foods and nutritional products.
February 10, 2010
No discharge sign.

No Discharge Zones

A new state law supports the designation of No Discharge Zones in all Virginia tidal creeks. What does this change mean for Virginia boaters?
January 25, 2010

Communication Internship Offers a New Lens on Oysters

In the summer of 2009, Jackie Enterline became Virginia Sea Grant’s first Science Communications Intern. During her eight week internship, she trailblazed a form of media with which we had little experience—online video.
November 11, 2009
Inundated areas in New Orleans following breaking of the levees surrounding the city as the result of Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans, Louisiana. 2005 September 11. © Lieut. Commander Mark Moran, NOAA Corps, NMAO/AOC.

Fall 2009: Adapting Cities to Floods

University of Virginia's Dr. Kristina Hill presented on ways cities around the world are using landscape architecture to adapt to sea level rise. Dr. Hill is a landscape architect, who considers how communities near water systems adapt to climate change. Her recent work looks at connects between community design and flood-related damage and pollution. Her book Water, Ecology and the Design of Cities is due out this year. Dr. Hill is Associate Professor and Director of Landscape Architecture Program at University of Virginia.
May 6, 2009
Hurricane Isabel

Forecasting the Rising Tide

Coastal Virginia is one of the areas in the country most vulnerable to sea-level rise. With help from Sea Grant, VIMS researchers are helping Virginia communities predict and prepare for the increasingly frequent floods that climate change and rising seas will bring.
May 6, 2009
Hand washing sign

Trabajadores: The New Workforce in Virginia Seafood Processing

The new workforce in seafood processing is a growing population of seasonal migrant workers—almost all of them Hispanic. Virginia Sea Grant is helping these workers and the foods they process stay safe by providing specialized on-the-job training in Spanish.
May 5, 2009

Sowing the Seeds

A technique called spat-on-shell is promising to take Virginia’s burgeoning oyster aquaculture industry to the next level. A unique combination of public and private partners have come together to make this promise a reality.
April 17, 2009
Rainbow. ©Mary Hollinger/NOAA/NESDIS/NODC

Spring 2009: Climate of Opinion and The Hope for Regional Governance

Barry Rabe of the University of Michigan, Chris Borick of Muhlenberg College, and Virginia Sea Grant Director Troy Hartley presented a series of talks about public attitudes toward climate change and the prospects for regional governance solutions to address climate change.
November 7, 2008
Red crab

From Deadliest Catch to Sustainable Catch

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.
October 25, 2008
Bridge website

Teachers Navigate the Web

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.
October 22, 2008
Fish larvae

Teaming Up

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.
October 15, 2008

Fish Stories by Mail

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.
October 10, 2008
RCC students

Tools of the Trade

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.