Wachapreague, Eastern Shore Lab The Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences' Eastern Shore Laboratory (ESL) serves as both a field station in support of research and teaching and as a site for resident research in coastal ecology and aquaculture. By virtue of its access to unique coastal habitats, excellent water quality, and an extensive seawater laboratory, the ESL affords educational and research opportunities not available elsewhere within the region. Over its 40-year history, the laboratory has become internationally recognized for shellfish research, with important contributions to molluscan ecology and culture.
Welcome The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) has a three-part mission to conduct interdisciplinary research in coastal ocean and estuarine science, educate students and citizens, and provide advisory service to policy makers, industry, and the public. The VIMS School of Marine Science (SMS) is the professional graduate school in marine science for the College of William & Mary. Chartered in 1940, VIMS is currently among the largest marine research and education centers in the United States.
Wetlands and Coastal Resources Education The Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) develops and supports integrated and adaptive management of coastal zone resources. To fulfill this mission, the Center undertakes research, provides advisory service, and conducts outreach education.
Worker's Compensation The Commonwealth of Virginia and the Institute's Workers' Compensation Program protects all state employees from financial loss due to medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs associated with a covered injury/illness arising out of and in the course and scope of employment, subject to the provisions of the Workers' Compensation Act. Employees who have suffered a covered on-the-job injury are provided access to quality medical treatment and rehabilitation services, all designed to bring the employee to full recovery, returning him/her to good health and gainful employment.