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Walleyes that were once naturally occurring in the Staunton River must now be periodically restocked for recreation. They may also help sustain biodiversity and a balanced river ecosystem. In 2008, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries began capturing walleye and spawning them, releasing the fingerlings into several waterways connected to the Staunton River. In this report, we examine several examples of predatory species’ reintroduction in other complex freshwater ecosystems and the long term effect it has on the surrounding environment. We also compare data collected by tagging Staunton River Walleye and compare this to other successful reintroduction programs. We look to determine whether the model of reintroduction used with the Staunton River Walleye may be used elsewhere for the benefit of both the environment and recreation.

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ENSC 402: The Effect of Walleye Reintroduction into the Staunton River

Walleyes that were once naturally occurring in the Staunton River must now be periodically restocked for recreation. They may also help sustain biodiversity and a balanced river ecosystem. In 2008, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries began capturing walleye and spawning them, releasing the fingerlings into several waterways connected to the Staunton River. In this report, we examine several examples of predatory species’ reintroduction in other complex freshwater ecosystems and the long term effect it has on the surrounding environment. We also compare data collected by tagging Staunton River Walleye and compare this to other successful reintroduction programs. We look to determine whether the model of reintroduction used with the Staunton River Walleye may be used elsewhere for the benefit of both the environment and recreation.