Chesapeake Bay NERR in Virginia

Overview

The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is one of 27 reserves in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). Currently, NERRS protects over one million acres of estuarine waters and adjacent upland habitats. The Reserve is managed on a daily basis by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). The Reserve’s and Institute’s missions are closely aligned through interdisciplinary research in coastal ocean and estuarine science, education of students and citizens, and by providing advisory service to policy makers, industry, and the public.