VASG is a seven-university, federal-state partnership whose Charter calls for us to enable integration, collaboration, and leveraging of our collective coastal and marine capacity to address pressing societal problems in Virginia, the region, and nation. Our federal funding comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with matching funds from the Commonwealth, including the dues that each partner institution pays.

Our mission combines scientific research, education, and public outreach. Guided by our strategic plan, we work to develop sound ideas and practices that can enhance the Bay’s ecology as well as the businesses and jobs that depend on it.

Working with these universities and a variety of other partners, we act as an “honest broker” to spread science-based, useful, unbiased knowledge to a wide audience.

Research and Education Advisory Committee (REAC)

The REAC is composed of representatives from each of VASG’s partner institutions, and meets twice annually, including a winter meeting at the Annual Project Participants’ Symposium. The REAC is active in regular operations of VASG including strategic planning, programmatic policy development, and recruitment.