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Anderson earns Odum Award for Lifetime Achievement

World’s leading coastal research society honors Dr. Iris Anderson for her sustained accomplishments and important contributions to human understanding of estuaries and coastal ecosystems.

Professor Rob Hale
Hale honored with Plumeri Award

Professor Rob Hale will use stipend to engage students in field research and advisory service activities.

Blue crab stock healthy with above average abundance

Results from the latest Winter Dredge Survey—conducted annually by VIMS and the Maryland DNR—show the Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab stock will be able to support quality commercial and recreational harvests.

VIMS christens RV Virginia

First Lady Pam Northam breaks the bubbly during a storm-tossed ceremony at the Yorktown waterfront.

PNAS Cozzarelli Prize
VIMS researchers honored with Cozzarelli Prize

The Editorial board of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences bestows award on a paper authored by a multi-disciplinary research team led by Dr. Jonathan Lefcheck of VIMS.

Catch the King catches Guinness World Record

More than 700 Catch the King volunteers surveyed a high tide in 2017, collecting a record-setting 59,718 measurements. All that data-gathering helped improve a tidal flooding forecasting model developed at VIMS.

Fish in seagrass
Study confirms and ranks nursery value of coastal habitats

Comprehensive analysis suggests that mangroves and seagrasses provide the greatest value as “nurseries” for young fishes and invertebrates, providing key guidance for managers of threatened marine resources.

VIMS updates Chesapeake Bay coastal inventory

VIMS researchers have just finished the latest iteration of a suite of online maps that can show users the condition of the Bay shoreline along its entire length, an investment that has paid off in ways both expected and unforeseen.

Fish-tagging program recognizes top volunteers

The Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program recognized the efforts of top taggers during its annual awards ceremony at Bass Pro Shops in Hampton on February 22.

Krill Range Contraction
Krill range shrinks poleward with ocean warming

An analysis of 90 years of catch data from the South Atlantic Ocean shows that Antarctic krill are moving southward in concert with ocean warming, raising concerns for international fisheries managers.

VIMS reaches out to crabbers for guidance on derelict pots

Mail survey will ask local crabbers to share their opinions and experiences related to commercial hard crabbing and “ghost" crab pots; results will identify crabber preferences for hypothetical activities and incentives that could help reduce impacts in Virginia’s waters.

2018 VIMS Media Recap
VIMS was all the buzz in 2018

The 165 journal articles authored or co-authored by VIMS researchers in 2018 were talked about around the world. Here are the 15 that received the most "buzz."

Oyster aquaculture limits disease in wild oyster populations

A study initiated by Dr. Ryan Carnegie of VIMS reveals that oyster aquaculture can limit the spread of disease among wild populations of the tasty bivalve. The findings counter long-held beliefs that diseases often spread from farmed to wild populations.