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The Fish that Saved Jamestown 2

This year, America celebrated the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. However, one crucial player in the Jamestown story may have been forgotten amid all the festivities - the Atlantic sturgeon - the "fish that saved Jamestown." Erin Seiling pulls together historic artifacts and notes that detail how important the species was to the colony.

State of the Sturgeon 6

As a species, Atlantic sturgeon are millions of years old, but much is still unknown about these ancient fish. Researchers at Virginia Sea Grant and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science have studied sturgeon populations in the bay for nearly a decade. Chris Hager of Virginia Sea G rant describes tl1eir efforts, findings and future research goals.

Everybody Loves Ray? 13

Cownose rays have earned a reputation along the Atlantic seaboard for devouring aggregations of commercially valuable shellfish. Ln frustration, fishermen may have called the rays nearly everything under the sun, but soon, they may call them something else- dinner. Bob Fisher, fisheries specialist with Virginia Sea Grant explains his efforts to develop a fishery and market for the cownose ray.

Naturalist's Corner 18

Natural history notes on skates, rays and sturgeon.

National Sea Grant Graduate Fellows 20

Two recent graduates of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science share their experiences as Sea Grant/NOAA Fisheries Population Dynamics Fellows.

Knauss Fellows 22

Meet the three Virginians selected as 2007 Knauss Fellows.

News From the Point 24

New hire, new publications and upcoming events.

Publication Date

Summer 7-1-2007


Aquaculture and Fisheries

Marine Resource Bulletin Vol. 39, No. 2