Mike Schwarz is farming fish to fight the shortcomings of the wild harvest of aquarium fish.
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
Current shellfish disease management might let new diseases slip by.
Bob Fisher hopes that changing whelk management will take stress off both populations and fisheries.
Virginia Institute of Marine Science survey shows $48.3 in shellfish aquaculture farm-gate value in 2015.
Tom Murray and Bob Fisher organized a meeting to share non-native catfish research updates.
The Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) for the NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program 2016 has been published on grants.gov.
Speakers emphasize marketing and business forecasting to support the upswing of VA’s aquaculture industry.
As a graduate student in North Carolina, VASG’s post-doc fellow Amy Freitag reviewed 15 Fisheries Resource Grant projects funded by the state to study how scientists and fisheries professionals collaborated.
VT extension affiliated with Virginia Sea Grant have been cooking up support for pond-grown freshwater shrimp.
On September 9, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) presented the Honor Award for Outstanding Customer Service.
Documenting the cultural importance of oysters could be a way to understand people’s attitudes today and gauge how future regulations could may communities.
This summer, researchers submitted data to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), seeking to have oyster relay become an approved post-harvest process.
Currently there are no approved antibiotics to treat diseases in marine aquaculture. VT and partners at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are working on it.
This summer, there were some big blooms of the rust-colored algae, Alexandrium monilatum, in Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellow Sarah Pease is studying this algae and whether the toxin it produces could affect oyster or human health.
Learn about the phenomenon and one promising solution—and watch some neat underwater video.
With funding from NOAA, Virginia Sea Grant extension partnered with industry and other Sea Grant programs to develop and test new fishing gear to bring released fish below the surface and improve survival.
Bob Fisher has spent years working with industry to improve the survival of young black sea bass that accidentally get caught. Today, he is working on the same problem, but this time with recreational anglers.
Adding new fish to your saltwater aquarium may be getting more sustainable, thanks to researchers at the VSAREC.
When Todd Gedamke was a graduate student at VIMS, he and his advisor John Hoenig developed a new model to track fish mortality. Now, Hoenig and his current student are extending the model to include additional types of data.