Teaching Marsh The VIMS Teaching Marsh is a 1-acre site restored to marshland for both practical and educational purposes. The marsh is designed and maintained by VIMS wetlands scientists to naturally remove contaminants from Coleman Bridge storm-water runoff and improve water quality in the York River. The Teaching Marsh also provides a demonstration area for regulated wetland plant species identified in the Tidal Wetlands Act of 1972.
Tours of VIMS Most Fridays during June, July, and August from 10:30 am -noon. Join our weekly public tours to learn more about VIMS. These 1.5-hour guided walks are most interesting for adults and older children. The tours generally include a visit to the VIMS Visitor's Center and Aquarium, a VIMS research laboratory, and the VIMS Teaching Marsh. Please call in advance for reservations at 804-684-7846.
Trawl Survey The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) Juvenile Fish and Blue Crab Survey, which has played an important role in researching and monitoring the Bay's fish populations since 1955, tracks trends in seasonal distribution and abundance of commercially, recreationally, and ecologically important finfish and invertebrates. The primary goal of the survey is to develop indices of abundance, which measure the relative size of each year class of a target species. These indices 1) indicate annual recruitment success or failure and 2) help predict the future abundance of the stock.
Tributyltin Monitoring Program - Elizabeth River The purpose of this project is to implement a study that would document the current levels of tributyltin (TBT) in the Elizabeth River and provide baseline data for future efforts to determine the trend of TBT concentrations found in the Elizabeth River Watershed. TBT concentrations can also be compared to non-industrialized areas outside the Elizabeth River to assess the relative status of TBT contamination in this watershed.