Industry and academic leaders in the mid-Atlantic are working together to develop a market for sustainable deep-sea red crab.
Category for Fisheries & Aquaculture
What We Do
Virginia Sea Grant aims to maintain sustainable and thriving commercial and recreational fisheries and aquaculture production in Virginia through cutting edge research and "feet on the boat" extension work. Extension staff at VIMS and Virginia Tech specialize in fishing gear design, recreational fisheries, and finfish and shellfish aquaculture.
Extension projects include:
- Sustainable Commercial Fisheries
- Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program
- Fisheries Resource Grant Program
- Aquaculture Program at VIMS Marine Advisory Services
- Virginia Aquaculture Conference
- Aquaculture Program at Virginia Tech's Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center (VSAREC)
Current research and extension work is featured below
A Virginia Institute of Marine Science graduate student is using genetic markers to assess oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay.
For years Virginia has been the nationwide leader in growing hard clams, but in 2014 industry reached an all-time high of 243 million sold.
Shellfish industry, regulators, and scientists have been collaborating to improve biosecurity in interstate transfers along the East Coast.
Understanding how red algae habitats affect juvenile blue crab survival could make it easier to predict adult populations.
The Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Ambassadors spoke about the sustainability of Chesapeake Bay seafood at the 32nd annual Hampton Bay Days.
Bob Fisher may have discovered a more natural way to temporarily put stingrays to sleep, which could change how researchers handle rays.
This week, Amy Freitag joins VASG as a postgraduate fellow studying science behind ecosystem-based management.
Four Hampton University students became ambassadors this summer—aquaculture ambassadors, that is. The students are part of the Virginia Sea Grant-funded Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Ambassadors (SFAA) program, a new collaboration between Hampton University (HU) and Virginia Tech (VT).
Americans are hungry for seafood, but most of that seafood is coming from overseas. The US seafood trade deficit has grown to more than $11.2 billion annually, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. One way to reduce the gap could be through US aquaculture.
When a mathematical model said that catch limits for Chesapeake Bay striped bass could be increased, managers knew something was fishy.
VASG works with researchers to find ways to keep cownose ray out of commercial oyster beds.
Over the next three years Mark will use quantitative modeling to investigate the effects of external influences—including human, food web, and environmental factors—on dozens
Over the next three years, Ben will investigate the effects that seasonal oxygen deficiencies and rising water temperatures have on spot and Atlantic croaker.
There’s still a lot to learn about all the factors that influence the abundance and distribution of fish stocks. Mark Stratton of Virginia Institute of Marine Science will use quantitative modeling to investigate the effects of human, food web, and environmental factors on dozens of near shore fish populations in the US South Atlantic. He […]
Some researchers suspect that seasonal oxygen deficiencies and rising water temperatures are causing fish in the Chesapeake Bay to move to suboptimal habitats. These habitats may be contributing to increased mortality rates and decreased population growth in fish species. Ben Marcek of Virginia Institute of Marine Science will use data on water temperature, oxygen […]
Defining the effects of habitat availability on population dynamics may be a critical part of creating sustainable fishing policies. Megan Wood of Virginia Institute of Marine Science will develop a model to better understand blue crab distribution patterns and will study the effects of Gracilaria vemiculophylla, an exotic red alga, in blue crab nursery habitats. […]
When saturated with excess nutrients, a body of water of water may suffer from reduced levels of oxygen and an unbalanced ecosystem. Could the solution to this problem be just below the water’s surface? Abby Lunstrum of University of Virginia will investigate whether oyster farming has the potential to reduce the harmful effects of nutrient […]
NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office and Virginia Sea Grant announce a two-year, postgraduate fellowship. Apply by July 19, 2014.
Virginia Sea Grant affiliated extension at Virginia Institute of Marine Science is collaborating with Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Scientist to learn more about cownose ray migration.