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VASG Hits the Road to Answer Questions about Graduate Research Fellowship

VASG Hits the Road to Answer Questions about Graduate Research Fellowship

Susan Park, VASG Assistant Director for Research, is visiting universities throughout Virginia to in advance of the Nov. 14 proposal deadline.

Ryan Shloesser. ©Janet Krenn/VASG

Juvenile Fish Health in Virginia Estuaries

Healthy fish reflect healthy estuaries. VASG graduate research fellow has been looking at how different Virginia estuaries prepare juvenile fish for survival.

As part of her training at VT AREC, Danielle Budden looks at 1 ML samples of Rotifers to determine egg percentages and overall population of the organisms. ©Julia Robins/VASG

What Is Aquaculture? Hampton University Students Team with Virginia Tech to Give Answers

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).

Alex Squadrito demonstrates best management practices for feeding clownfish at VT AREC. ©Julia Robins/VASG

Aquaculture Workshop Trains Virginia Businesses

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.

A view of the Elizabeth River from one of Top Rack's docks. ©Julia Robins/VASG

Top Rack Marina Awarded “Clean Marina” Designation

The Virginia Clean Marina Program awarded Top Rack Marina with Clean Marine designation for voluntarily preventing and reducing pollution at their facility.

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.

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