Mini conference


Seagrass Science to Save the Bay!
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 @ 9 am — 3 pm
Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
@ Virginia Institute of Marine Science
7577 Spencer Road
Gloucester Point, VA 23062

Join your state representative and fellow MAMEA members for a submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV, or seagrass) focused mini event! This will be a unique mini event, in that it will have both an on-shore and off-shore option, and attendees may join in for either one (or both) as space allows. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from a scientist at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) about the importance of SAV in the Chesapeake Bay, participate in seagrass-related educational activities, and eat lunch in the visitors' center aquarium on campus.

The off-shore group will then take a trip out to Goodwin Island, one of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR)'s reserve sites. On the island, attendees will learn about the scientific process of performing vegetative surveys in the salt marsh. Off-shore, our seagrass specialist Erin will be joining us on a snorkeling exploration of the seagrass beds around the island!


  • Registration is limited to 14 people for the off-shore portion (OFFSHORE PORTION IS FULL), and 16 for the on-shore portion
  • Registration fee will include a one-year MAMEA membership
  • Cost: $20/person for half-day event registration (includes only on-shore portion); $30/person for full registration (includes both on- and off-shore portions)
  • Registration deadline: July 18, 2018

Cancellation deadline is July 27, 2018. Cancellations by this date will receive a full refund less $5 for administrative fees. Cancellations after July 27th will not receive a refund.

More Info
For additional information, please contact Kristen Sharpe at;or (804) 684–7877. To register and pay online with PayPal (no account required), complete the form below. More details and logistics, information about what to bring, and directions will be emailed out to registered participants as the event draws nearer.

VA Mini-Conference Registration - CLOSED