SAV: Top Story Archive

VIMS student, prof aid in evaluation of global seagrass status

VIMS graduate student Emily French and her advisor VIMS Professor Kenneth Moore helped the Seagrass Species Specialist Group confirm the alarming loss of seagrass during the 11th International Seagrass Biology Workshop in Sanya, China.

Seagrass restoration goes international

A team of European entrepreneurs and scientists aim to bring lessons learned from seagrass restoration in Virginia’s seaside bays to the coastal waters of Scandinavia.

Bay’s underwater grasses decline for third year

Results from the VIMS-led seagrass monitoring program show that underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay and its tidal rivers declined 24% between 2011 and 2012, approaching lows last reported in 1986.

Survey of underwater grasses shows both decline and resilience in 2011

The abundance of underwater grasses in Chesapeake Bay declined by 21% between 2010 and 2011 to the lowest Bay-wide values since 2006. The 2011 coverage is more typical of what was observed prior to 1991 when grass acreages were at the lowest levels recorded by VIMS' annual aerial survey.

Study shows Bay clean-up helps boost underwater grasses

Long-term field study of water quality and underwater grasses shows a clear link between the abundance of submerged aquatic vegetation and levels of nitrogen in Bay waters. When nitrogen levels rise, SAV coverage decreases. When nitrogen levels fall, SAV meadows expand.

Bay grasses up but below goal

Underwater bay grasses increased 12 percent in Chesapeake Bay and rivers in 2009, but coverage remains far below abundance goal.

Orth to highlight success in seagrass restoration

VIMS professor Robert Orth will describe his team’s success in restoring underwater grasses to Virginia's seaside lagoons during the International Marine Conservation Congress on May 20th.

Encouraging news on Bay grasses

VIMS research shows that underwater grasses increased in Chesapeake Bay and rivers in 2008.

Scientist shine light on global seagrass crisis

A study by VIMS professor JJ Orth and colleagues reveals that seagrasses are in trouble worldwide, yet the public remains largely unaware of the problem and its significance.