TOGA/VIMS Partnership

Sign up for the new VIMS Oyster Gardener Listserve! 

This new email communications tool is to send infrequent, but relevant and interesting content on oyster-related research/news/information, educational offerings (including TOGA/VIMS Master Oyster Gardening Course) and best practices related to oyster gardening health, safety, etc.  This is to augment the fantastic resources TOGA provides on oyster gardening fundamentals.  Give it a try!  To subscribe – follow the steps below.  If you have problems – contact Karen

Step 1. go to the list homepage:

Step 2.  Click on the subscribe button in the left-hand menu

Step 3. Fill out your email and name and hit subscribe

Step 4.  Verify subscription

Step 5.  Go to your email in box and you should see a message from SYMPA asking you to again verify the subscription – hit subscribe

Chesapeake Bay Environmental

Forecast System

Virginia Shellfish Aquaculture Situation and Outlook Report

TOGA Informing VIMS

TOGA is embarking on a long-term monitoring partnership with researchers at VIMS in two key areas: Oyster Mortality and Harmful Algal Blooms or HABs. TOGA members can provide observations from a wide variety of field sites that could prove to be key in the understanding of mortality events and harmful algal bloom events Bay-wide. VIMS asks TOGA volunteers to be alert for two possible events:


Oyster mortality events. If you suspect your oysters are dying at a rate higher than "normal," we ask you to contact Dr. Ryan Carnegie at VIMS, PO Box 1346, Gloucester Point, VA 23062 or Be aware that he may contact you to obtain samples for disease analysis. 


Harmful algal blooms (HABs), often called "Red tides" or "Mahogany tides." If you see patches of discolored water not due to runoff, please fill out the VIMS HAB reporting form immediately and monitor the event. The form can be submitted online by visiting the VIMS reporting webpage