Dermo and MSX Two parasitic diseases, Dermo and MSX, have devastated oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay, as well as in other parts of the East Coast of the United States. Dermo is caused by the parasite Perkinsus marinus, which was first discovered in the Chesapeake Bay in the mid-1940s. MSX is caused by the parasite Haplosporidium nelsoni, which was introduced from Asia, and began causing outbreaks in the Chesapeake Bay in the late 1950s. These diseases, combined with decades of overharvesting of oysters, have reduced oyster populations in the Bay to approximately 1% of what they were in the 1950s.
Development Office The Development Office at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science is responsible for developing support from foundations, corporations, alumni, parents, and individuals for research, capital improvements and educational scholarships. The Development Office works with scientists, staff and graduate students to develop solicitations and proposals. Half of VIMS's total budget comes from the state with the balance funded from grants, contracts, and private contributions.
Diving This website provides information on the VIMS Dive Team.
DREAMS DREAMS is a partnership program between Hampton University's Department of Marine & Environmental Science and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. This program will provide Hampton U. students with comprehensive research experience, career preparation and leadership training.
Dunes - Chesapeake Bay The Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program initiated a study with VIMS' Shoreline Studies Program to locate, classify, and enumerate the existing jurisdictional dunes and dune fields within the eight localities listed in the the Coastal Primary Sand Dunes and Beaches Protection Act .