Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

CBNERR LogoThe Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia (CBNERR) is a multi-component reserve located along the salinity gradient of the York River estuary.  Reserve components include Sweet Hall Marsh, Taskinas Creek, Catlett Islands and Goodwin Islands.  CBNERR is managed on a daily basis by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary.

2014-2015 Waterfowl Hunting Permit - applications will be accepted beginning September 2-October 31, 2014.  Permits will be issued via US mail on October 31, 2014.


Pursuant to the federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, a public meeting will be held as part of the federal performance evaluation of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia.  The meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. Thursday September 18, 2014, in the Wilson House at 7581 Spencer Road, Gloucester Point, VA 23062.  The purpose of the meeting is to receive public comments regarding the operation and implementation of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.  Written comments are encouraged, and participation at the public meeting is not required for submission.  Written comments should be sent to Carrie Hall, National Policy and Evaluation Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOS/NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, 10th Floor, N/ORM7, Silver Spring, Maryland 20902 or via email to no later than September 19, 2014.

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sentinal site surveying

Chesapeake Bay Sentinel Site Cooperative  - The Chesapeake Bay SSC represents a partnership effort to integrate existing science agencies, academic institutions and other organizations with relevant living resources, water quality and geospatial monitoring and data synthesis capacity.**FY 13-18  CBSSC Implementation Plan  NOW AVAILABLE**

Mad lab

October 22 - Mad Lab:  Explore the wonders of dry ice, slime, and things that glow in the dark!  This Halloween-themed lab will have many hands-on activities to help you explore the creepy, yucky, and slimy parts ofscience.  We encourage you to dress up for the event as you trick or treat your way around the lab.  Brave the dark and you may win prizes for the best marine-themed costume or most creative costume.  There will be no speaker for this lab.  To Register:


Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS)

– Archived water quality information from the Virginia based NOAA CBIBS is now available on the Virginia Estuarine and Coastal Observing System web portal  Real-time CBIBS water quality and weather information is available at


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Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA 23062
Phone: (804) 684-7135, Fax: (804) 684-7120,

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