aquaculture

July 5, 2017

For the Love of Oysters:
Taking growers from novice to master

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December 9, 2013

Cownose Ray Research Finds Challenges to Opening a Fishery

The cownose ray has been in the industry crosshairs ever since they’ve been seen gobbling up shellfish crops. As industry considers the range of options for keeping rays off shellfish farms, including developing a commercial fishery, new research about cownose ray biology may help in making those decisions.
May 15, 2013

Selecting a Better Oyster (Part 3): Picking Parents for the Best Traits

Virginia Sea Grant funded researchers develop a strategy for breeding oysters with improved disease resistance and other profitable characteristics for Virginia's oyster aquaculture industry.
May 1, 2013

Selecting a Better Oyster (Part 1): Sea Grant Research Supports Industry Growth

VASG-funded researchers want to improve the bottom line for Virginia’s oyster growers by selectively breeding oysters with more profitable traits.
April 16, 2013

Mapping Opportunities for Aquaculture Expansion

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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.”
August 15, 2012

Hatchery-Raised Fish Start a New, Wild Life

These cobia and spadefish hatched to help scientists refine the larvae production process and determine nutrition needs. As tagged fish, they will have one last opportunity to contribute to science as they live out their lives in the wild.
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 8, 2012

Shellfish Aquaculture a Bright Spot in Weak Economy

Virginia’s oyster aquaculture industry is growing steadily despite the struggling economy and some setbacks in hatchery production, according to a report from Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Virginia Sea Grant.
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 6, 2012
Peter Kube is a Quantitative Geneticist at Australia's CSIRO. ©Janet Krenn/VASG

VIDEO: Economic Values of Traits in Salmon

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January 10, 2012
Oyster larva. ©VASG

Selecting Stronger Oyster Larvae Without Weakening Adults

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January 10, 2012
Harvesting commercially grown oysters. ©Margaret Pizer/VASG

Improving Treatment to Reduce Oyster Disease

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December 5, 2011
The Fishery Resource Grant Program provides funding to watermen and aqua-farmers to test their ideas for improving business and environmental health along Virginia's coasts. ©Erin Seiling/VASG

Watermen Eligible for 2012 Funding, Invited to Learn More

Virginia Institute of Marine Science Marine Extension Program will host two workshops to help watermen and aquaculturists put together applications for 2012 Fisheries Resource Grant funding.
November 29, 2011
Dan Sennett stands in a VIMS green house where hundreds of tiny spadefish are swimming in 12 plastic tanks. ©Janet Krenn/VIMS

Taking Spadefish from ‘New Species’ to ‘Aquaculture Species’

Summer Communications Intern Kate Schimel reports on research into the spawning and food needs of the Atlantic spadefish. Studies like these are the first step towards developing a new species for aquaculture.
November 29, 2011

Understanding Chemistry and Clam Aquaculture

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October 20, 2011

Seafood Leaders to Address VA Aquaculture Conference 2011

On November 18, President of Global Aquaculture Alliance George Chamberlain will kick-off the 2011 Virginia Aquaculture Conference with a presentation on global aquaculture sustainability and what it means for Virginian aqua farmers.
August 8, 2011
Karen Hudson provides research advice to a recipient of Fisheries Resource Grant Funding.

Shellfish Specialist Welcomed to VASG Marine Extension Program

Karen Hudson joined the Virginia Sea Grant Marine Extension Program (VASG) in February as the Commercial Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Specialist. "I had wanted this position before they even had this position,” says Hudson, who will act as the bridge between aquaculture researchers and the commercial growers, harvesters, and hatcheries. She adds, “I am really interested in aquaculture and what the industry is doing.”
July 28, 2011
Annual report shows oyster aquaculture in Virginia is on an upswing. ©Carly Rose/VASG

Oyster Aquaculture on Upswing in Virginia

Virginia’s oyster aquaculture industry is poised to begin its biggest growth spurt ever, according to a report from Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Virginia Sea Grant. In 2010, oyster growers sold over 16 million oysters worth more than $5 million. Growers surveyed expect to sell nearly twice as many oysters in 2011. Following years could increase further, as growers planted three times more oyster seed in 2010 than ever before.
June 13, 2011
TOGA Fellowship Endowment was inspired by and in honor of Mike Oesterling and Jackie Partin.

TOGA Honors Long-Time VASG Extension Partner with VIMS Fellowship

Tidewater Oyster Growers Association (TOGA) announced the establishment of a graduate student fellowship endowment at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) on Tuesday. The TOGA Fellowship Endowment is inspired by and in honor of VIMS extension agent Mike Oesterling and TOGA founder and former President Jackie Partin.

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