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.
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
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.
Katharine joined Virginia Sea Grant this June as a Staff Writer, focusing on a very relevant topic to Virginia: the history of oysters.
With support from Virginia Sea Grant, David Kuhn is documenting water chemistry and quality at six Virginia oyster hatcheries to see how it relates to larvae production.
The summer flounder fishery may change under different climate scenarios. Chris Kennedy has teamed up with natural scientists on a Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant-funded project to understand how.
Chris Kennedy, Assistant Professor of the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University, spoke at Virginia Institute of Marine Science as part of the Visiting Scholar Seminar series.
A Virginia Sea Grant graduate research fellow is researching whether aquaculture can help remove excess nitrogen from the Bay through denitrification.
The Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program, which recycles shell from local businesses to restoration sites in the Bay, has expanded to Charlottesville.
On April 24, 2015, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula watermen kicked off the Virginia Watermen’s Heritage Tour Program.
Industry and academic leaders in the mid-Atlantic are working together to develop a market for sustainable deep-sea red crab.
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).