Dead sturgeon found on Newport News beach

(Photo courtesy WAVY viewer Herkey Wallace)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A WAVY viewer found a dead sturgeon washed ashore in Newport News.

Herkey Wallace said he spotted the sturgeon at King Lincoln Park.

A spokesperson for the Virginia Aquarium says sturgeon are a species of concern. The sturgeon is listed as federally endangered.

10 On Your Side put Wallace in touch with the aquarium so a researcher at Virginia Commonwealth University could look into it.

VCU’s Rice Rivers Center has an Atlantic Sturgeon Restoration program in an effort to restore the sturgeon to its native waters within the Commonwealth.

If you see a dead sturgeon, you’re asked to contact Dr. Matt Balazik at 804-827-0236 or email him at balazikmt@vcu.edu.