Coastal Economies & Recreation: Top Stories

Scientific survey shows dip in blue crab population

Winter dredge survey of the bay-wide blue crab population shows a mixed bag of good and not-so-good news that may result in a slight tightening of commercial harvest restrictions.

VIMS will use major EPA grant to help protect Chesapeake Bay

A 3-year grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will allow VIMS researchers to help localities protect the headwater wetlands that keep pollutants and excess nutrients from entering Bay tributaries.

Partnership nurtures oyster gardens—and gardeners

A recent gathering of “Master Oyster Gardeners” is the latest chapter in a fruitful partnership between VIMS scientists and members of the Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association, or TOGA.

Oyster aquaculture on upswing in Virginia

A new report from VIMS and Virginia Sea Grant shows the Commonwealth’s oyster aquaculture industry is poised to begin its biggest growth spurt ever.

Public-private partnership aids oyster industry

Local oyster growers and VIMS researchers find that moving farmed oysters into saltier waters just prior to harvest nearly eliminates the presence of a bacterium that can sicken humans.

VIMS helps bring science to Gulf spill

VIMS researchers and alumni are helping to craft the nation's immediate and long-term scientific responses to the Gulf oil spill.

Blue crab population booms

VIMS winter dredge survey shows a 60% increase in Chesapeake Bay's blue crabs since last year, reaching the highest level measured since 1997.

Ghost pot program a "win-win"

Out-of-work commercial watermen pulled up more than 9,000 derelict "ghost pots" from Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries during the second year of Virginia's landmark Marine Debris Removal Program.

VIMS a partner in Coastal America Award

The Lynnhaven River Oyster Restoration Team is honored for innovative efforts to restore the river's oyster population.

VIMS assists in oil-spill drill

Oil-spill exercise on the York River helps emergency-management teams better coordinate their responses to such an event.

MA project may jumpstart market for offshore wind energy

VIMS alum Charles Natale says pending approval of the "Cape Wind" project in Massachusetts is likely to jumpstart development of other wind farms in the nation's coastal waters, including those off Virginia.

Survey shows growth in VA clam, oyster aquaculture

A survey by researchers with the Sea Grant program at VIMS shows that shellfish farmers planted more than half a billion clams and 18 million oysters in Virginia waters last year. The annual survey, which began three years ago, marks the first effort to track economic trends in shellfish aquaculture in the Commonwealth.

Workshop Targets Charter Boat Operators

Sea Grant programs in the Mid-Atlantic region continue an annual tradition by hosting the latest edition of the Delmarva Charter Boat Workshop, on Thursday, April 20, 2006 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year's workshop will take place at Harrison's Harbor Watch Restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland.