Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR)

  • Mission
    Mission  Research, stewardship, and education are part of the NERRS mission  
  • CBNERRS Research Lab
    CBNERRS Research Lab  Catlett Burruss Research Laboratory on the VIMS campus  
  • Winter marsh
    Winter marsh  Snow and ice amplify the beauty of the marsh  Sandra Erdle
  • Research Reserve
    Research Reserve  Goodwin Islands - part of the CBNERR  
  • GYRO at Sunset
    GYRO at Sunset  The sun peeks through a cloud by the Goodwin York Research Observatory (GYRO)  Willy Reay
  • Rainbow
    Rainbow  over the marsh.  
  • Natural Beauty
    Natural Beauty  A magnolia in bloom at CBNERR Wilson House  Sandra Erdle
  • End of Day
    End of Day  Sunset on the water  
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Designated in 1991, the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR or Reserve) is one of 28 protected areas that make up the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) established to promote informed management of the Nation's estuaries and coastal habitats.  CBNERR is administered as a partnership between the Commonwealth of Virginia and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  The Reserve is managed on a daily basis by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS).  The Reserve's and Institute's missions are closely aligned through interdisciplinary research in coastal ocean and estuarine science, education of students and citizens, and by providing advisory service to policy makers, industry, and the public.  As the nation's largest estuary, Chesapeake Bay contains a diverse collection of habitats and salinity regimes. In order to incorporate the diversity of habitats in the southern Chesapeake Bay subregion, CBNERR established a multi-component system along the salinity gradient of the York River estuary.  Reserve components include Sweet Hall Marsh, Taskinas Creek, Catlett Islands and the Goodwin Islands.