March 7, 2012
Taggers show off their plaques at the 2011 Tagger Awards.

2011’s Top Volunteer Fish Taggers Recognized

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.
January 23, 2012

Taggers Help U.S. Vets Fish, Tag, and Heal

Watching Dave Conklin cast is poetry in motion. In one smooth movement, his arm circles up and out to the side, zipping the line through the air. Dave’s graceful casting is an achievement, one that he enjoys sharing with other veterans in Project Healing Waters.
January 5, 2012

VIDEO: Burreson’s Contributions to Science, Policy Recognized with 2011 Mathias Medal

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.”
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

Are Living Shorelines Good for Fish?

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November 17, 2011

Would a Community Supported Fishery Work in Virginia?

When you think of eating local, what foods fill your imaginary plate? Maybe you think of vegetables and eggs, but what about fish? Would you even know where to find locally caught or farmed seafood if you wanted it? This spring Virginia Sea Grant will lead a team to determine whether it would make sense for local seafood producers could bring their catch to a community supported fishery.
August 12, 2011
Collaborative Fisheries Research Fellowship

VASG to Discuss Collaborative Research Fellowship at AFS

Virginia Sea Grant Director Troy Hartley will be chairing a symposium about a pilot fellowship, which encouraged graduate researchers to work collaboratively with the fishing industry.
June 1, 2011
"Catch shares" is a type of fisheries management strategy, about which Sea Grant agents are learning. ©Janet Krenn/VASG

Sea Grant Programs Stay Ahead of Emerging Issue – Catch Shares

Depending on where you are in the U.S., catch shares are either known as an effective tool for managing fisheries or a dirty word. As a management tool, catch shares are intended to hold fishermen accountable for meeting a conservation target, while providing greater flexibility to fish when weather and marketing conditions are best. Yet the success of catch shares may largely depend on implementation.