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October 30, 2013

WM Student Helps VASG Office

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.
August 20, 2013

Fellowship Grants Get Science Out of the Lab (Part 2)

Virginia Sea Grant Fellows Mark Stratton and Ryan Schloesser are conducting research about fish populations. With the support of his Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship, he’ll be able to share that knowledge with fisheries managers who need it.
August 8, 2013
Chef Kyle Woodruff. ©Sam Cottingham/VASG

Chef Seafood Symposium Serves Up Science Behind the Fish They Cook

Combining the scientific and the culinary is what the Chef Seafood Symposium is all about. The Virginia Sea Grant and Virginia Institute of Marine Science event has been a way for chefs to learn more about the seafood they cook and serve for more than 20 years.
August 6, 2013

Shellfish Farming Adds $81M to the Commonwealth

Report of shellfish farming activity finds that oyster and clam farming in VA contributes $81.2 million to the state and added employment of 925 in 2012.
July 1, 2013

A Community Supported Fishery (CSF) for Williamsburg?

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.
June 28, 2013

Red Crab Debuts at Hampton Processors

The Atlantic red crab came to Hampton on June 26—just in time for the 4th of July. It was the first of many shipments that will total 1 million pounds by the end of the year. Harvested from deep waters off the coast of North Carolina, the Atlantic red crab was dropped off at L.D. Amory and Co. Inc, and then moved a few hundred feet to Graham & Rollins Inc. to be steamed and picked.
June 27, 2013
Knauss fellowship: U.S. Capitol Building

Knauss Fellowship Finalists Announced

Three Virginia graduate students have been named finalists for the 2014 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. This year's finalists from the Commonwealth will advance to Placement Week in Washington DC in fall 2013, where they will be placed with hosts in the executive branch of government.
May 15, 2013

Selecting a Better Oyster (Part 3): Picking Parents for the Best Traits

Virginia Sea Grant funded researchers develop a strategy for breeding oysters with improved disease resistance and other profitable characteristics for Virginia's oyster aquaculture industry.
May 8, 2013

Selecting a Better Oyster (Part 2): Back from the Brink

Bringing oysters and industry back after almost a century of disease decimated wild populations was part science, part serendipity.
May 1, 2013

Selecting a Better Oyster (Part 1): Sea Grant Research Supports Industry Growth

VASG-funded researchers want to improve the bottom line for Virginia’s oyster growers by selectively breeding oysters with more profitable traits.
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 28, 2013

Chefs Seafood Symposium: Science Behind the Seafood

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.
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.
February 12, 2013

Bishop Sullivan Takes 1st at 2013 Blue Crab Bowl

The Blue Crab Bowl is Virginia’s only ocean and marine science quiz competition for high school students. The contest tests students’ knowledge of oceanography, geology, biology, maritime history, and policy.
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 17, 2012

Aquaculture Enterprise Budgets Help Crunch the Numbers

A new “enterprise budget” for Virginia’s oyster aquaculture industry aims to help lenders and potential aquaculturists better understand what goes into a successful oyster-growing business. The oyster crop budgets consist of a set of spreadsheets that allow users to estimate costs and earnings, along with a manual to help guide users through the spreadsheets. Enterprise budgets are widely used for traditional farm crops to help farmers and their investors make business decisions.
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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December 14, 2012
Wendi Quidort and Katie Reece take water samples from an experiment in Sarah's Creek. ©Margaret Pizer/VASG

Graduate Research Fellow Raises the Profile of Viruses in Wastewater

Viruses tend to fly—or float—under the radar when it comes to most water quality standards, but Wendi Quidort’s research may be changing that soon. The Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellow, who is working towards her Ph.D. at Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), has been making some interesting discoveries about what viruses released from wastewater treatment plants might be doing in Virginia’s creeks and estuaries.
August 21, 2012

Tidewatch Forecasts Go Public

VASG-funded researcher John Boon and his team have added forecasts to their tide monitoring website, giving residents of the lower Chesapeake Bay region a new tool for gauging the magnitude of coastal flooding in a given location and minimizing its potential impacts.