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A photo of the model displaying oyster aquaculture vulnerability in Virginia and Maryland. Dark green represents places with no threat, while red represents places where significant use conflict exists. ©Julia Robins/VASG

Mapping the Bay to Plan for Shellfish Aquaculture

Who would suspect that in a bay with as much shallow water as the Chesapeake there would be competition for space in its shallow water habitat?

Cownose ray at the Houston Aquarium. ©Ed Schipul/Schipul Photography

Mysterious Cownose Ray Species in Gulf of Mexico

DNA analysis revealed evidence there could be an undocumented cownose ray species in the Gulf of Mexico that genetically resembles the Brazilian cownose ray.

DNA Provides Clues in Cownose Ray Population Mystery

DNA Provides Clues in Cownose Ray Population Mystery

A research tool more often linked to forensic science is helping to crack the case of a marine mystery: how many populations of cownose rays are out there?

Encroaching seas have devastated trees at Bethel Beach in Mathews County, Virginia. ©Wetlands Watch

Sea Level Rise: A Relentless Reality That Virginia Must Plan For Carefully

Motivated by flooding from recent hurricanes, leaders at state and local levels have begun to take a serious look at planning for rising sea levels.

Lisa Ayers Lawrence Named Informal Educator of the Year

Lisa Ayers Lawrence Named Informal Educator of the Year

The Mid-Atlantic Marine Education Association honored Lisa Ayers Lawrence with the 2014 Informal Educator Award in July.

Teacher Professional Development Inspires Coastal Science for the Classroom (SLIDESHOW)

Teacher Professional Development Inspires Coastal Science for the Classroom (SLIDESHOW)

Sixteen teachers from all around Virginia got together to learn about and explore coastal change at the 2014 Virginia Coastal Ecosystems Field Course. The Virginia Sea Grant funded workshop took place from July 7-12. Through hands-on activities and lectures given by scientists and National Science Foundation GK12 fellows, the teachers learned about coastal field work. They […]

Event coordinator Mary Fabrizio (back L) and international presenter Verena Trenkel (back R) discuss new fish abundance modeling approaches. ©Janet Krenn/VASG

Modeling Workshop Introduces New Strategies to Regional Experts (SLIDESHOW)

Fourteen regional and international modeling experts gathered at Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) on May 2 to practice the latest techniques in mathematical modeling.

An example of a recycling bin placed in sporting goods stores. ©Kim Holland

Getting Out of a Tangle: Recycling Fishing Line

Wes Batten says monofilament fishing line is often tossed into trashcans, “or worse, rolled up and thrown in the weeds of boat ramps.” Flotilla 67 has installed monofilament fishing line recycling bins to cut down on these occurrences.

The Lynnhaven River is a popular destination for recreational fishing and boating. ©Katharine Sucher/VASG

Lynnhaven River Restoration, Changing with the Times

After several hours in the sun, Emily Egginton Skeehan, Virginia Institute of Marine Science graduate student, plunges into Virginia Beach’s largest waterway. The Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellow is deploying tilt meters

Nina Ullom. ©Chelsea Carter/VASG

Learning About Science Communication Through Reviewing Research

Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) welcomes Nina Ullom as a new office aide this summer. Her duties include assisting office members

Matt Smith, NMFS-Sea Grant Fellow, tags striped bass when collecting data in 2008. ©VIMS

Taking Disease Into Account in Managing Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass

When a mathematical model said that catch limits for Chesapeake Bay striped bass could be increased, managers knew something was fishy.

VASG Welcomes New Staff Writer

VASG Welcomes New Staff Writer

After two semesters as a student correspondent, Julia Robins is joining the Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) team full-time as the new communications assistant.

Katharine Sucher. ©Chelsea Carter/VASG

Science Writing Intern Covers VASG-Funded Research

As Virginia Sea Grant’s (VASG) new science writing intern, Katharine Sucher will spend this summer spreading science to the public. By

Cages that hold oysters peek above the water at low tide. ©Katherine Greves/VASG

VASG Announces Six Graduate Research Fellows

The fellowship supports promising graduate students who are engaged in research that furthers the goals of Virginia Sea Grant and provides fellows with hands-on experience in translating research results to coastal and marine stakeholders.

Do Not Enter: Protecting Oyster Crops from Cownose Rays

Do Not Enter: Protecting Oyster Crops from Cownose Rays

VASG works with researchers to find ways to keep cownose ray out of commercial oyster beds.

Chelsea Carter. ©Jennifer Armstrong/VASG

Photography Intern Prepares for Fieldwork

Chelsea Carter is joining Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) as this summer’s photography intern. Her responsibilities include taking photos of VASG events and research

Spot sorted on board a research boat. ©VIMS

Two VA Graduate Researchers Secure National Fellowships to Study Fish Populations

Virginia graduate students Mark Stratton and Ben Marcek are among the newest National Marine Fisheries Service-Sea Grant Population Dynamics (Pop Dy) Fellows. The Pop Dy Fellowship provides support to Ph.D. students interested in careers related to study of fish populations and quantitative methods for assessing fish populations. Here’s more about Ben and Mark’s upcoming research: […]

View of the Severn River from the property. ©VASG

VCU Professors Lay Plans to Revitalize Middle Peninsula Waterfront

On June 20, a group of professors from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) took the first step toward revitalizing a rural tidewater waterfront property far removed from the hustle and bustle of Richmond, Virginia.

Jennifer Murray-McClain sits in on University-Community Partnership meeting. ©Chelsea Carter/VASG

Fellow Investigates Ways to Partner Universities with Community

To strengthen economic development in the area, Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission (MPPDC) and Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) are investigating ways to get Virginia universities to partner with the community.

Alison Colden. ©Chelsea Carter/VASG

Three VA Grads Named as 2015 Knauss Finalists

The Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program places qualified graduate students with host offices in legislative or executive branches of the US Federal Government.

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