Upcoming events

Please join us for a FREE tour of the R/V Hugh R. Sharp and DelRiver ships!

When:  Friday, February 1, 2019 at 9:30 am

Where:  University of Delaware – Hugh R. Sharp campus – Lewes, DE

Marine Operations building 903 Pilottown Rd, Lewes, DE

Park in the gravel area to the left just inside the entrance.

Lunch:  For those that would like to join, we will be meeting afterwards for lunch at

the Big Oyster (1007 Kings Highway, Lewes, DE). Please note that lunch is at the participant's expense.

PLEASE SIGN UP via e-mail to Jennifer Pyle ( by January 25th.

The R/V Hugh R. Sharp is a general-purpose research vessel and commissioned into service in 2006. It is capable of supporting a wide range of marine science disciplines including chemical, geological, physical and biological sciences as well as acoustics, fisheries and marine mammal research.  Unusual even for universities with marine-focused colleges, UD owns and operates the R/V Sharp as a regional-class vessel in the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet, serving researchers from government agencies and universities around the country.

The R/V Sharp can carry 14 scientists and has a fuel endurance of approximately 14 days. It typically operates in the coastal waters from Long Island, N.Y., to Cape Hatteras, N.C., as well as Delaware Bay and Chesapeake Bay. Projects occasionally require the vessel to work as far north as the Gulf of Maine, as far south as Florida, and as far offshore as Bermuda.

The DelRiver was purchased in 1990 by the Delaware River and Bay Commission, a nonprofit organization funded by member companies that store, produce or transport petroleum products on the Delaware River and Bay.  Its main purpose is to respond to oil spills in the Delaware River and Delaware Bay and is staffed day and night by a four-person crew that stays sharp with training exercises throughout the year and by closely caring for the former supply vessel.


We hold quarterly lectures and field trips for members. A few of the organization's main annual events are the symposiums and annual dinner. This past year the DEAWRA also held its second annual member picnic. Other events include bus trips, site visits, and more. These activities provide members with an opportunity to stay up to date with what's happening in the water resources field across the state, and to keep in contact with fellow water resource professionals. 


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