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Virginia Sea Grant facilitates research, educational, and outreach activities promoting sustainable management of marine resources. We are part of a larger network of Sea Grant programs housed in 31 colleges and universities around the country. That network — the National Sea Grant College Program — began in 1966 through a Congressional Act and is part of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

With 5,000 miles of Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean shorelines, the Commonwealth of Virginia hosts a wide diversity of living and non-living marine resources. The Chesapeake Bay Commission predicts that the population in the bay watershed will swell to 17.4 million by the year 2020. The complex needs and concerns created by this population growth are enormous. Our goal is to define and help resolve emerging problems at local, regional, and national scales, as well as to provide impartial information to all who use or manage marine resources.

Virginia Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program

Much like the Cooperative Extension Service in place at land-grant universities across the country, Virginia Sea Grant's Marine Advisory Program (MAP) serves as the extension program for marine research.MAP responds to the needs of marine-based industries and the general public, and provides information that increases public understanding of the marine environment. MAP specialists work closely with businesses, government agencies, educators, and o07-Dec-2012de range of marine-related research and activi07-Dec-2012 gear selectivity experiments, sea scallop biology, and technology for soft crab shedding and clam relaying. Recently, changing needs and opportunities -- driven in part by enacted or pending regulatory measures -- have presented new challenges to the MAP in the areas of seafood processing, water quality, and mariculture development.

The Virginia MAP program includes the Commercial Fish and Shellfish Technologies Program (CFAST), within Virginia Tech. CFAST maintains a collaboration between Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant; its mission is to generate and share knowledge about the effective production, marketing, physical distribution, and utilization of safe and wholesome fish and shellfish and their products, and to foster continuous profit, growth and development of the commercial, agricultural, and fisheries industries.

Virginia Sea Grant Staff Directory

Vir07-Dec-2012strategic.pdf">Strategic Plan
National Sea Grant Strategic Plan (DRAFT)
Virginia Sea Grant Proposals and Reports



Virginia Sea Grant • Virginia Institute of Marine Science
P.O. Box 1346 • Gloucester Point, VA 23062 • 804-684-7164 • 804-684-7161 (fax)