Field and laboratory research at VIMS is key to the recent surge in oyster aquaculture in Virginia, and also underlies increasing success in restoring wild populations of the Eastern oyster Crassostrea virginica to the Chesapeake Bay. Oysters were historically one of the Bay's keystone species, filtering water and providing reef habitat for many other organisms. Oyster restoration aims to reclaim some of these benefits.
- VIMS study uncovers new cause for intensification of oyster disease (June 2021) Examination of long-term monitoring data and tissue collections indicate rise in disease virulence is due to evolving parasite, not just drought.
- Oyster aquaculture partnership offers new funding for watermen (April 2021) Local oyster growers may be eligible for $260,000 in funding to deploy new shells and begin spat-on-shell production in target areas.
- NOAA funds VIMS to study impact of ocean acidification on oysters (Feb 2021) A VIMS-led team will use funds from NOAA to help oyster growers and restoration specialists better manage their future responses to acidification in the Chesapeake Bay.
- For Chesapeake oysters, the way forward leads back… through the fossil record (Nov 2019) Oysters once dominated the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, and it would be difficult, if not impossible, for the Bay to return to full ecological health without restoring its apex filterer.
- Study: oyster aquaculture has small but positive impact on Bay water quality (Nov 2019) A field study by VIMS researchers shows minimal impacts from oyster aquaculture overall in the Chesapeake Bay, suggesting that low-density oyster farms located in well-flushed areas are unlikely to impair local water quality.
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Five Most Recent Journal Articles
- Pease, S. K. D., et al., 2021. Oyster hatchery breakthrough of two HABs and potential effects on larval eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica). Harmful Algae, 101 101965. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hal.2020.101965
- Morris, R. L., et al., 2021. Large-scale variation in wave attenuation of oyster reef living shorelines and the influence of inundation duration. Ecol Appl, e2382. https://doi.org/10.1002/eap.2382
- Jordan-Cooley, W. C., et al., 2021. Corrigendum to "Bistability in a differential equation model of oyster reef height and sediment accumulation" [J. Theor. Biol. 289 (2011) 1-11]. J Theor Biol, 525 110735. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtbi.2021.110735
- McCarty, A. J., et al., 2020. Heritability of acute low salinity survival in the Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica). Aquaculture, 529 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2020.735649
- Matt, J. L., et al., 2020. A field test investigating the influence of brood stock origin and ploidy on the susceptibility of Crassostrea virginica to "triploid mortality" in the Chesapeake Bay. Aquaculture, 526 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2020.735375