Volunteers in Virginia’s Game Fish Tagging Program tagged more than 19,000 fish in 2011, and on February 24, volunteer anglers who out-tagged their colleagues in any of 12 categories, including most tagged fish overall, most recaptured fish, and most tagged fish of a single species were recognized for their efforts. First place taggers in each category received a plaque, and runners-up received a tackle bucket with fishing gear provided by the Bass Pro Shop.
On a mid-October evening, Gene Burreson, who colleagues consider “one of maybe two of the most important figures in the field” of fish and shellfish pathology, stood before a room of resource managers, industry members, scientists, and family and humbly stated, “Although this award is only given to one person, science is not done alone. I’ve been lucky that I’ve always hired good people to work with me.”
Virginia Sea Grant is pleased to announce that Eugene Burreson, VIMS Professor Emeritus, will become the latest recipient of the prestigious Mathias Medal. The Mathias Medal is presented roughly every four-to-six years to a retired scientist who has made significant contributions to science and policy in the Chesapeake Bay.
"Kayak" Kevin Whitley recently became the first kayak-dedicated angler to achieve Master Angler status in Virginia. Whitley is also notable for his major contributions to the Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program.
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.