Through collaborative fisheries research, scientists and industry have been able to eliminate the accidental catch of sea turtles in shrimp fisheries from French Guiana to Gabon. In 2014, Tony Nalovic and Troy Hartley are hoping to promote similar initiatives throughout the world.
DJ Haskin joined Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) as an office aide this summer. Since then, he's helped coordinate travel, support meeting planning, and manage the VASG office. This fall semester, DJ is contributing to research that will help VASG launch a brand realignment next year.
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.
As a Virginia Sea Grant Communications Intern, Keya Jackson tried her hand at layout and design, led a focus group to gather communications research data, and conducted the research necessary to inform a future redesign of the Virginia Marine Resource Bulletin.
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.
For Kate Schimel tagging along on research vessels to interview VASG-funded scientists were her favorite parts of the summer. Schimel, who studies biology at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, joined VASG as our 2011 Summer Science Communications Intern.
Devi Glick, Virginia Sea Grant 2011 summer policy intern, first became interested in marine policy in high school, when she volunteered with a local baykeeper organization that did water quality monitoring.