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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.
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.
January 17, 2013

Global Aquaculture Starts at Home

Talk to any of the five interns at Virginia Tech’s Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center (VSAREC) in the days leading up to the cobia larval run, and the word that you’ll hear is intense. Or as Hannah Mark, a second-year student at Dalhousie University in Canada, puts it: “I’m equal parts excited and terrified.”
August 30, 2012
Emily Susko (left) and Kristen Jabanoski, Knauss Fellow from North Carolina Sea Grant, work on a reef ball mold.

Life as a Knauss Fellow: In and Out of the Office

As a Knauss Fellow in the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO), one of my primary duties is as coordinator for the Sustainable Coastal Development and the Hazard Resilient Coastal Communities Focus Areas. That means that I develop conferences, discussions, and seminars relating to coastal community issues and that
August 15, 2012

Hatchery-Raised Fish Start a New, Wild Life

These cobia and spadefish hatched to help scientists refine the larvae production process and determine nutrition needs. As tagged fish, they will have one last opportunity to contribute to science as they live out their lives in the wild.
July 16, 2012
Representative Ed Markey references Dr. Seuss in debate on the House floor. ©Committe on Natural Resources Democrats

Life as a Knauss Fellow: Helping Congress Find its Inner Lorax

As a Knauss Fellow with the Committee on Natural Resources, my primary activities include researching legislation and hearing topics and drafting memoranda, opening statements for the Ranking Member, and questions for witnesses. I also attend meetings and briefings to understand policy issues and help the Committee take action where appropriate.
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.

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