The James River Park System - Richmond, VA

Science in the Park

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We have created an iNaturalist project. Help us catalog the great biodiversity that we have here in the James River Park. Learn how »


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Acipenser oxyrinchus
Family: Acipenseridae


Atlantic sturgeon factsheet

Atlantic Sturgeon


The Atlantic sturgeon is an ancient fish found along the Atlantic coastline from Florida to New Brunswick, Canada. Like salmon, they are an anadromous species, living in the ocean as adults and returning to freshwater rivers to spawn.

Recorded activity in the James River Park

Twenty-six Atlantic sturgeon are being tracked by local schools within the James River watershed. From 2010 to 2012, these sturgeon were tagged with VEMCO acoustic transmitter tags that send out 'pings' every few minutes.

This project, Rivers in Real-Time: Migration!, was funded by the NOAA B'WET Program, an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment, and was awarded to VCU's Life Sciences Environmental Outreach Education. You can keep up with the sturgeon on Facebook.

James River Sturgeon from Friends of James River Park on Vimeo.