virginia institute of marine science

June 8, 2012

Shellfish Aquaculture a Bright Spot in Weak Economy

Virginia’s oyster aquaculture industry is growing steadily despite the struggling economy and some setbacks in hatchery production, according to a report from Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Virginia Sea Grant.
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.
May 9, 2012

New Net Could Help Fishermen Reeling Over Sturgeon Listing

Waterman George Trice has been collaborating with scientists for eight years to collect data on Atlantic sturgeon.
April 10, 2012

Trawling for a Better Way to Assess Fish Health

On a warm morning last August, Ryan Schloesser and his labmate, student Lauren Nys, trawled off Oyster, VA. After a summer filled with collecting fish, they worked with experienced ease, throwing around jokes as smoothly as they tossed their nets behind the boat. What they pull up in their nets should help fisheries managers better predict the size of fish populations.
April 3, 2012
Fish tagger training

Welcoming a New ‘Class’ of Volunteer Taggers

The Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program (VGFTP) trained 16 new volunteer taggers on Tuesday March 27 at VIMS. The new “class” of volunteers came from as close as Gloucester and as far away as the Elizabeth City, N.C.
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.
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.
March 6, 2012
Peter Kube is a Quantitative Geneticist at Australia's CSIRO. ©Janet Krenn/VASG

VIDEO: Economic Values of Traits in Salmon

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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 14, 2011
Kim Warner, fall 2011 photo intern. ©Janet Krenn/VASG

Photo Intern Captures Virginia Sea Grant Fall Events

Kim Warner ran all around the Hampton Roads and Tidewater areas taking photos at more than five events during her fall photography internship
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
Dan Sennett stands in a VIMS green house where hundreds of tiny spadefish are swimming in 12 plastic tanks. ©Janet Krenn/VIMS

Taking Spadefish from ‘New Species’ to ‘Aquaculture Species’

Summer Communications Intern Kate Schimel reports on research into the spawning and food needs of the Atlantic spadefish. Studies like these are the first step towards developing a new species for aquaculture.
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).
October 1, 2010

Blue Crab Bowl

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