Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

The 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.

News and Features

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2015-2016 Goodwin Island Waterfowl Hunting Permit

Applications are no longer accepted. 
Ed. Module

Check out an extension of the NERR Estuaries 101 curriculum for 5th-12th grade teachers!  The modules include Climate Change, Ecosystem Services, and Water Quality, designed for teachers that want to integrate hands-on interactive lessons into their classrooms.

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**


Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats (CCVATCH)

The CCVATCH uses a facilitated expert knowledge process to assess potential impacts of climate change, extreme events and other stressors on critical coastal habitats along with possible habitat adaptive capacity to evaluate overall vulnerability.  CCVATCH guidance documentation is available at

Related Links

National Estuarine Research Reserve System

VECOS:  Virginia Estuarine and Coastal Observing System

Chesapeake Bay Buoy Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS)

NERRS Central Data Management Office

Chesapeake Bay Sentinel Site Cooperative

National Estuarine Research Reserve Association

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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