April 2, 2013
Tom Murray. ©Carly Rose/VASG

BoatUS Honors VASG Extension Leader

Thomas Murray received an award from the Boat Owners Association of the United States last week for his commitment to keeping waterfront open for recreation.
March 29, 2013

Working Waterfronts Toolkit Helps Local Communities Share Solutions

The National Working Waterfronts Network (NWWN) website has been expanded to include case studies, a searchable financing database, economic analysis, law and policy tools, and a historical overview of waterfront trends, all designed to help communities across the U.S. share problems and solutions for managing and improving their local waterfront infrastructure.
March 15, 2013

Gaining Perspective to Breed a Better Oyster

Three oyster experts took a road trip into the mind of a seafood buyer, visiting high-end restaurants to find out what makes a half-shell oyster worth purchasing. The Virginia Sea Grant-funded research team want to breed a better, more profitable oyster for Virginia’s aquaculture industry.
March 14, 2013

VA Working Waterfronts Study Presented at National Conference

Virginia Sea Grant Extension partners will present the findings of their efforts to map and prioritize working waterfronts in Virginia and Maryland at the nation’s third Working Waterfronts Conference this March. The session “A Case Study on Successful Research and Extension in the Chesapeake Bay” will be lead by Extension Leader and Virginia Institute of Marine Science Economist Tom Murray.
January 29, 2013
VIMS Ph.D. student and 2012 VASG Graduate Research Fellow Anna Murphy (right) presents her research on the Impacts of Mercenaria mercenaria (hard clam) Aquaculture on Benthic Metabolism and Nutrient Fluxes in a Shallow Coastal System. ©Erin Kelly/VIMS

VIMS researchers share findings at Sea Grant Symposium

Students, staff, and faculty from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science took part in Virginia Sea Grant’s 4th Annual Project Participants’ Symposium last week, sharing their efforts to protect and restore coastal Virginia during a daylong event at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond.
January 29, 2013
VASG Director Troy Hartley helps keynote speaker Jenifer alonzo demonstrate an ice-breaking exercise for the audience. ©VASG Communications Interns

Symposium Attendees Get out of Their Comfort Zones to Find Connections

Virginia Sea Grant's fourth annual Project Participants' Symposium featured presentations by students, researchers, and extension staff and a keynote from theater professor Jenifer Alonzo.
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.
January 8, 2013

2013 Project Participants’ Symposium

The Virginia Sea Grant 4th Annual Project Participants’ Symposium will take place on January 24, 2013.
December 19, 2012
Tom Murray. ©Carly Rose/VASG

Bringing Local Talent to the National Level

Virginia Sea Grant Extension Leader was elected to be 2013 Chair-Elect of the Sea Grant Extension Assembly.
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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May 24, 2012

Essential Tools in Every Virginian’s Hurricane Preparedness Kit

Two tools, developed at VIMS with funding by Virginia Sea Grant, help protect property and lives during hurricanes.
April 6, 2012

VIDEO: How to Build Oyster Gardening Equipment

These videos show our friends at the Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association (TOGA) assembling containers typically used in oyster gardening. Virginia Sea Grant is a proud partner with VIMS and TOGA. Together we train residents of coastal Virginia in the benefits, practice, and science of oyster gardening.
March 14, 2012

Bishop Sullivan Takes 1st at 2012 Blue Crab Bowl

For a record fifth year in row, Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School (Virginia Beach) took first place at the annual Blue Crab Bowl, Virginia's marine and ocean science quiz competition. This year's Blue Crab Bowl was held at Old Dominion University on March 3. Other placing teams including Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School (Glenns) in second, Seton School (Manassas) in third, and Grafton High School (Yorktown) in fourth.
February 16, 2012

Speakers Offer Tips on Communicating Science

How can scientists get their points across without glossing over or distorting the precious data that took so long to collect? This topic has been up for discussion year after year, and for good reason—it remains a major challenge.
February 14, 2012
Diagram created by keynote speaker and graphic facilitator Julie Stuart during the Symposium session on VASG Extension work. ©Julie Stuart/Making Ideas Visible

2012 Symposium Brings Together Sea Grant Partners

The annual Project Participants’ Symposium enables VASG partners to network and learn while helping to plan the future of VASG. About 100 researchers, students, and other partners gathered in Richmond for the Symposium, which was followed by the annual Seafood & Wine Reception.
December 14, 2011

2012 Project Participants’ Symposium Agenda

The Project Participants' Symposium is open to all individuals whose work affects coastal Virginia and who have worked directly with Virginia Sea Grant through our research, extension, education, or communication activities or other partnering. The Symposium offers opportunities to learn about VASG projects and network with fellow project participants. As an attendee of the Symposium, you are also invited to the Annual Seafood & Wine Reception which is attended by leading state and federal policy
November 1, 2011

VASG Educator Receives 2011 Non-Traditional Educator Award

Carol Hopper Brill received the 2011 Non-Traditional Educator Award from MAMEA this October.
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.
March 1, 2011

Virginia Beach School Takes First at Marine Science Competition

For a record forth year in a row, Bishop Sullivan High School took top honors at the Annual Blue Crab Bowl on Saturday February 26. Students Walker Olsen, Cameron Forren, Mary Chang, Nathan Taylor, and Joe Brindenstine with their coach, science teacher Bill Dunn were awarded a Blue Crab Bowl Trophy to commend their success at the day-long marine science quiz tournament held at Virginia Institute of Marine Science (Gloucester Point).

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