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Sustainable Use of Oceans, Water, and Fishing Resources: The Chesapeake Bay, Virginia

June 21, 2013


State Dept Image/Jun 21, 2013/Gloucester Point, Virginia
Date: 06/21/2013 Location: Gloucester Point, Virginia Description: Media on an FPC-sponsored tour are briefed by Tommy Leggett of Chessie Seafood and Aquafarms, on oyster restoration and sustainable fishing. - State Dept Image

June 21, 2013; Gloucester Point, Virginia
Contact: Technical Information Specialist Miriam Rider
Telephone: 202-504-6315; email: riderm2@state.gov

This was the first of two tours to examine clean-up efforts and conservation of the Bay. The second tour, planned for sometime this summer, will look at the Maryland side.

A group of eight journalists from China, Italy, Romania and Slovakia, visited the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), College of William & Mary, at Gloucester Point, Virginia where they were briefed by marine scientists and visited labs to learn about biosensors, marine debris, sustainable fisheries and oyster breeding (VIMS Oyster Hatchery). After the VIMS visit, journalists boarded vessels for a tour of Chessie Seafood and Aquafarms to see restoration of oyster beds, and a commercial sustainable oyster fishing enterprise. (Miriam Rider).