Rice Rivers Center researchers locate two juvenile Atlantic sturgeon
November 18, 2016
By Patrick Kane, University Public Affairs
When Matthew Balazik, Ph.D., told colleagues he planned to sample fish from the James River right before an important presentation at the Rice Rivers Center, they pressed him to be back on time.
Cutting his trip short, he set his nets to find fish closer to the center. There, Balazik found something he has spent the last decade searching for: a juvenile Atlantic sturgeon.
“I was pulling the net over the side of the boat. I went down to grab it, thinking it was a blue catfish,” he said. “Once I saw what it was I just stood there and stared at it for probably 10 seconds.”