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VCU Rice Center has breaking news on sturgeon project

Scientists are doing everything but passing out cigars over the discovery of a nearly 7-foot sturgeon that’s in the family way.

Experts pulled the 200-pound, bone-plated fish from the James River last month near Newport News. Full of eggs, it was almost ready to spawn.

No one has documented a ready-to-spawn sturgeon in the James in decades.

“This is actually a pretty historic event,” said Anne Wright, Virginia Commonwealth University’s coordinator of environmental outreach.

Read more from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.