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RCC, VIMS to present Bay restoration course

Anyone interested in protecting the Chesapeake Bay may want to attend “Chesapeake Bay Restoration Efforts” from the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) and Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). Because of the complexity and importance of the subject, it will be divided into four sessions instead of the usual three: March 7, 14, 21, and 28 (Wednesdays), from 1 to 3 p.m. at the VIMS facility in Gloucester Point. 

This course will highlight research conducted at VIMS that is helping to restore sharks, mollusks, and habitats of the Chesapeake Bay.

In the first session, Dr. Robert Orth will talk about the regrowth of underwater grasses in the Bay, which has made possible efforts to restore the population of Bay scallops.

During the second session, Dr. Stan Allen will discuss improving the economics of oyster harvesting through aquaculture, as well as the possibility and the difficulties of restoring oysters in the wild.

The third session will focus on the status of shark populations in the mid-Atlantic. Dr. Robert Latour will give an overview of the Virginia Shark Monitoring and Assessment Program and will present recent findings that suggest several shark species in the Atlantic are showing signs of recovery.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newsstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 01.31.2018

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