ABC Outreach

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     ABC Director Stan Allen (2nd from R) describes VIMS' role in oyster aquaculture to members of the Virginia House of Delegates’ Chesapeake Subcommittee during their visit to VIMS in August 2009. Researchers in the VIMS oyster hatchery are working to breed disease-resistant oyster strains for use in the Bay.  
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     ABC Director Stan Allen (L) describes algal culture to W&M President Taylor Reveley during a July 2009 visit to VIMS.  
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     ABC Research Coordinator Karen Hudson (R) explains the workings of the VIMS Oyster Hatchery during Marine Science Day 2009.  
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     Members of Christopher Newport University's Lifelong Learning Society toured VIMS in November 2008 as part of a 5-week course on "Species of Special Concern in Chesapeake Bay." Here, Amanda Chesler (hands raised) describes oyster-rearing techniques in the VIMS oyster hatchery.  
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     ABC Breeding Research Manager Anu Frank-Lawale (L) and Hatchery Specialist Amanda Chesler (R) describe algal culture in the VIMS Oyster Hatchery to Mr. Ty Murray, Director of Environmental Compliance for Altria Group Inc. during a May 2008 visit to VIMS.  
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     Members of the Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) toured VIMS in March 2008 as part of their annual spring conference in Williamsburg. The tour highlighted VIMS research activities with potential economic benefits to the Commonwealth. Here, ABC Director Stan Allen (L), describes efforts to advance oyster aquaculture in Chesapeake Bay.  
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     Staff members in the office of late U.S. Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis visited VIMS in July 2007 to learn how VIMS scientists are working to conserve, develop, and replenish oysters in Chesapeake Bay. Here, ABC Director Stan Allen (C) explains the oyster-rearing process to (from L) Legislative Director Mary Springer, District Office Director Joe Schumacher, and Chief of Staff Chris Connelly.  
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     ABC's Karen Hudson shows oyster spat to a pair of visitors during her week-long stay at the Smithsonian Institution's annual Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington D.C. More than 1.5 million people attended the July 2007 Festival  
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     ABC Research Coordinator Karen Hudson explains the workings of oyster upwellers during a visit to VIMS by members of the Science Communication and Marine Public Information network in May 2007.  
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     ABC Director Stan Allen (L) describes the oyster life cycle to W&M Chancellor Sandra Day O'Connor during her April 2007 visit to VIMS. Looking on are VIMS Council member Travis Massey and VIMS Dean and Director John Wells.  Photo by Stephen Salpukas/The College of William and Mary.
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     Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources L. Preston Bryant, Jr. (C) visited VIMS in June 2006 to learn more about current research, education, and advisory service activities at the Institute. Here, Bryant discusses non-native oyster issues with researchers in the VIMS oyster hatchery. From L: Dr. Eugene Burreson, Dr. Mark Luckenbach, Bryant, VIMS Dean and Director Dr. John Wells, and ABC Director Stan Allen.  
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     Mr. Shane Bonnot, former Oyster Hatchery Manager at VIMS, shows an oyster to Master Oyster Gardeners during a 3-day workshop at VIMS in June 2004.  
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Educational outreach is an important part of the mission of the Aquaculture and Breeding Technology Center (ABC) at VIMS. ABC staff host tours by citizens, industry groups, and governmnent officials on a regular basis, and also travel regularly to external sites  as part of VIMS' Speaker's Bureau program. Scroll through the photoset above to view some of our recent outreach efforts.

Want to take a tour group through our oyster hatchery? Visit the VIMS Public Tours page, or contact Susan Maples in the VIMS Communications office via [[maples,e-mail]] or phone (804-684-7846).