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The End of the Fall Spawning Run

The end of the fall spawning run is here. The sturgeons are all swimming back down the rivers and out into the Atlantic Ocean. Many of our tagged fish have left the Pamunkey River and some have already swam past … Continue reading

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First Spawning Female Caught on the Pamunkey!!!!

Let me set the scene before starting this story. An overcast day, nice weather for August, but we have fished for 30 hours over the last 3 days with not a single fish of any species to show for our … Continue reading

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Three More Males

Hello everyone! I’m writing this blog from the Pamunkey River, where most of my time is spent these days. I’m getting many reports of breaching sturgeon both here in the Pamunkey and the Mattaponi River. We caught and tagged three … Continue reading

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First one of the season

The first sturgeon of the Fall 2014 season has been caught, tagged, and released. On August 7, we caught a 6 ft. Atlantic sturgeon in the Pamunkey River. We guessed it weighed about 100 lbs, but while lifting it into … Continue reading

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They’re Back!!!!

The adults have started to return (well actually they have been returning since April), but in the last few weeks I have had several breaching reports. I received a call last week from the Pamunkey River and one earlier this … Continue reading

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Off Season Report

A few weeks ago, our spring tagging season came to an end. We tagged 44 Atlantic sturgeons this spring. A very successful field season, if I do say so myself. My focus now has switched to preparing for the fall … Continue reading

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A Tag for All Seasons

Hello everyone, as I write this I am aboard the R/V Shearwater (a 18 ft skiff) watching my nets soak on the Mattaponi River. I have had 2 reports of sturgeon breaching near Aylett, VA and 1 on the Pamunkey … Continue reading

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What’s in the News?

It has been a great week for sturgeon tagging. We tagged 8 individuals this week. Luckily, Tamara Dietrich and Joe Fudge from the Daily Press were out with us. The article should come out in Thursday’s paper (April 24th), but … Continue reading

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Sturgeon Chronicles

Hello everyone and welcome to a blog following the adventures in sturgeon research at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. This blog will document several avenues of sturgeon research that is ongoing at VIMS, from taxonomy and genetics, to ecology … Continue reading

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Adventures in low salinity

December 5, 2013 ABC recently completed a study comparing 13 different constructs of triploids with their diploid counterparts.  There were a couple of bottom lines.  First, location, location, location.  The relative value of triploids is highly dependent on where they … Continue reading

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