Underwater Video System at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Receives Grant in 2011

On June 1, 2011, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) announced that it had received a $50,000 grant from the Dominion Fund (Dominion Resources’ charitable-giving organization) for an underwater video system that will allow detailed, sustained, and low-impact  filming of aquatic life in the Chesapeake Bay.  The first use of the system began in 2011 as part of VIMS research on the behavior of Blue Crabs and other predators as they forage among oyster reefs in the Great Wicomico and Lynnhaven rivers.  Other areas where the system is expected to be useful include beds of submerged vegetation or in waters obscured by suspended sediments.  Compared to photography by SCUBA divers, the new equipment allows longer examination periods with less impact on aquatic life.

Source:  Dominion funds underwater video system at VIMS, Virginia Institute of Marine Science News Release, 6/1/11.

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