VCU Sturgeon Team Funded
September 29, 2016
VCU fish biologists working out of the Rice Rivers Center have focused for several years on understanding the biology and ecology of the federally endangered Atlantic Sturgeon in the Chesapeake Bay. Their work has put VCU on the forefront of endangered species research, including the development and testing of new technologies, such as acoustic telemetry and environmental DNA, for conservation and restoration efforts aimed at this iconic migratory species. In July, the VCU sturgeon team was funded for an additional three years by NOAA, the federal agency responsible for sturgeon recovery. Objectives for the competitive grant renewal will focus on the biology of early life history stages, the quantification of in-river threats, and development of GIS-based tools and data applications for state and federal managers.