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After Hours Lecture at VIMS – Fishy Interactions: Understanding the fish community in Chesapeake Bay

July 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In 2018, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science welcomed a new, state-of-the-art research vessel, the R/V Virginia. The Virginia is the most modern, most capable marine research vessel in its size class in the U.S. This vessel provides a comparison to the re-created colonial ships docked just miles away at the Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg. Join us as Hank Mosley from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and Durand Ward from VIMS compare navigation methods and research equipment as well as shipboard life from colonial times to today.
Since 2002, the Multispecies Fisheries Research Group at VIMS, led by faculty member Dr. Robert Latour, has been working to create a complete picture of how fishes in the Chesapeake Bay and along the Atlantic Coast interact with each other and their environment. Throughout the year, researchers in this group survey and collect fishes in the bay and along the coast in an effort to understand the seasonal distribution of fishes, the age structure of fish populations, and who eats who in the marine food web. Join us as Dr. Latour shows us how to tell the age of a fish, what you can learn from looking at stomach contents, and why the information his program collects is vital to ensure the fishes and ecosystems we care about and rely on continue to thrive.

Can’t attend in person? The lecture is also offered as a live-streamed webinar. Register for the webinar at


July 25
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm