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Members of the VIMS Dredge Survey team in action. From L: Captain Durand Ward, Mike Seebo, and Kathleen Knick prepare to deploy the crab dredge from the R/V Bay Eagle at a site in the York River. (Southside Daily/VIMS/David Malmquist)

Blue crab stock healthy with above average abundance

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Results from the latest Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey --- conducted annually by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Maryland Department of Natural...
Mangroves, like these shown at low tide, provide important nursery habitat for juveniles of many marine species. (Southside Daily/D. Malmquist/VIMS)

Study confirms and ranks nursery value of coastal habitats

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A comprehensive analysis of more than 11,000 previous coastal-habitat measurements suggests that mangroves and seagrasses provide the greatest value as "nurseries" for young fishes...
Coastal Carbon Budget: A drone image of the Goodwin Islands near the confluence of the York River and Chesapeake Bay shows the tidal wetlands and estuary ecosystems that play a key role in the coastal carbon budget. (Photo courtesy of D. Walters/VIMS.)

These local researchers helped develop software that will aid in wetland creation

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NORFOLK -- The Wetland Hydrogeology group at Old Dominion University, headed by Rich Whittecar, joined with researchers at Virginia Tech and the University of Kentucky...
After successful integration with deployer in Houston, CubeSat is scheduled to launch from NASA's Wallops Island facility on April 17. (Southside Daily/Courtesy of ODU)

ODU’s CubeSat moves closer to liftoff

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NORFOLK -- A team of Old Dominion University students took a giant leap toward space as they joined two other Virginia universities in delivering their...
Coastal flooding is of increasing concern to communities in Virginia and around the nation. (Southside Daily/Patrick Lynch.)

Report cards show continued sea-level rise on East & Gulf coasts

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Researchers at William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science have issued the first annual update of their sea level "report cards," marking 50...

Krill range shrinks poleward with ocean warming

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A new study based on careful analysis of 90 years of scientific catch data from the South Atlantic Ocean shows that the geographic distribution...
VIMS graduate student Jim DelBene (L) and his professional mentor J.C. Hudgins look over the water along a dock on Gwynn's Island in the Chesapeake Bay. (Southside Daily/A. Devlin/Virginia Sea Grant)

VIMS reaches out to crabbers for guidance on derelict pots

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Researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science are using a mail survey to ask local crabbers to share their opinions and experiences related...
(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pixabay)

Home items are getting smarter and creepier, like it or not

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One day, finding an oven that just cooks food may be as tough as buying a TV that merely lets you click between channels. Internet-connected...