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©Janet Krenn/VASG

Developing a Sustainable Red Crab Industry for Virginia

Industry and academic leaders in the mid-Atlantic are working together to develop a market for sustainable deep-sea red crab.

©Julia Robins/VASG

Tracking Oyster Restoration with Genetic Tests

A Virginia Institute of Marine Science graduate student is using genetic markers to assess oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay.

©Sarah Pease/VIMS

Learning More About Toxic Algae: Alexandrium monilatum

A VIMS graduate student is trying to determine when and if the toxic algae Alexandrium monilatum will become a problem in the Chesapeake Bay.

Clams. ©Kathryn Greaves/VASG

$55.9M Farm Gate Value for VA Shellfish Aquaculture in 2014—An All-Time High

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.

Job Announcement: Virginia Sea Grant Seeks Knowledge Management Professional

Job Announcement: Virginia Sea Grant Seeks Knowledge Management Professional

The Assistant Director for Extension and Knowledge Management will support Virginia Sea Grant’s role as a connector among our multiple universities by improving operations of our knowledge management infrastructure.

Bob Lane (rt) speaks to a member of J&W seafood during a visit to help validate crab cooking processes. ©Jenn Armstrong/VASG

Extension at Work: Engineering Seafood Safety—and Energy Savings

“When people buy seafood, they don’t want to know what’s happening behind the scenes…Having a hand in that process makes me feel like I have some sort of accomplishment,” says Bob Lane.

©Stephanie Chavez/VASG

New Efforts to Advance Biosecurity for East Coast Shellfish

Shellfish industry, regulators, and scientists have been collaborating to improve biosecurity in interstate transfers along the East Coast.

Chef John Maxwell, a renowned chef and culinary educator, gives a red crab cooking demonstration. ©Julia Robins/VASG

2015 Chefs’ Seafood Symposium (SLIDESHOW)

On March 10, 2015, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) hosted the 23rd Chefs’ Seafood Symposium.

Teams from the Colonial Williamsburg Apprenticeship Program cook red crab in creative ways to try to win the Virginia Seafood Cooking Competition. ©Julia Robins/VASG

VIMS Hosts 23rd Annual Chefs’ Seafood Symposium

On March 10, 2015, Virginia Institute of Marine Science hosted the 23rd Chefs’ Seafood Symposium, highlighting the deep sea red crab.

©Stephanie Chavez/VASG

A Surprising Possible Advantage of Oyster Disease Tolerance

In a VIMS study, the more an oyster was infected with the disease Perkinsus marinus, the less likely it was to harbor vibrios, leading scientists to take a closer look at breeding for disease tolerance.

Susan Vermillion. ©VCPC

VCPC Takes Another Look at Virginia’s Dillon Rule

The VCPC is evaluating the issue of local government authority under the Dillon Rule to help Virginia localities effectively adapt to sea level rise.

Rosemary Hambright. ©VCPC

VCPC Assesses Unregulated Chemical Storage in James River

This Spring, two VCPC students will work with the James River Association to assess the storage of unregulated chemical substances along the James River.

Matthew Hubbard. ©VCPC

VCPC Examines Drainage System in Matthews County

This Spring, two VCPC students will examine a system of drainage ditches across Matthews County that often floods into nearby roads and properties.

Hannah Needleman. ©VCPC

VCPC Researches Impact of Sealants on Chesapeake Bay

This Spring, a VCPC student is researching the impacts of coal tar sealants on the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Lauren Coleman. ©VCPC

VCPC Researches Oyster Grounds in Nansemond River

A VCPC student is working with the Nansemond River Preservation Alliance to research oyster grounds in the Nansemond River.

Sarah Pease. ©VASG

VIDEO: Fellow Shares Algal Bloom Research at Symposium

Sarah Pease shared her research on harmful algal blooms at the 2015 Project Participants’ Symposium.

Stephanie Smallegan. ©VASG

VIDEO: Fellow Talks Erosion, Barrier Islands at Symposium

At the 2015 Project Participants’ Symposium, Stephanie Smallegan discussed her work studying the erosion of barrier islands during hurricanes.

VIDEO: 2015 Virginia Sea Grant Annual Report

VIDEO: 2015 Virginia Sea Grant Annual Report

On January 29, 2015, Virginia Sea Grant Director Troy Hartley gave his annual report to the attendees of the Virginia Sea Grant 6th Annual Project Participants’ Symposium.

Juvenile blue crab. ©Megan Wood/VIMS

Red Algae May Help Blue Crabs as Seagrass Declines

Understanding how red algae habitats affect juvenile blue crab survival could make it easier to predict adult populations.

©Jacklyn Cravey/VASG

Photos from the 2015 Blue Crab Bowl

On February 7, top science students from ten Virginia high schools faced off at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science for the 18th Annual Blue Crab Bowl.

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