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.
As the Sea Grant marketing intern, Tracy Brinkerhoff worked to develop a soft launch strategy and marketing plan for a community supported fishery, or CSF, in the Williamsburg area. The result of her effort will be an outreach event in October.
With its proximity of the Chesapeake Bay, Williamsburg is an obvious location for a community supported fishery to thrive. To further investigate the potential for a CSF in Williamsburg, an interdisciplinary student and faculty team conducted a feasibility study. This study can be separated into three major sections: market research, organizational design, and supplier research.
The Chefs Seafood Symposium is a Virginia Sea Grant annual event that invites professional, apprentice, and student chefs for a day of learning about seafood and the science behind the products chefs serve.
Christopher Newport University biology professor Jessica Thompson wants to know whether man-planted grassy banks designed to stop shoreline erosion might also play an important ecological role: providing habitat for small fish called mummichog.
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.
In December, Virginia Sea Grant invited two scholars to participate in the fall 2011 Visiting Scholar Seminar Series to discuss consumer behavior and community supported fisheries. These talks precede Virginia Sea Grant's spring research project, which will investigate whether Virginian's would participate in community supported fishery.