Using a variety of means, Virginia exemplifies the wide spectrum of conservation projects necessary to recovering fish and wildlife resources. Whether it’s tactical land purchases, restoring struggling fish populations, or repairing degraded stream habitat, Virginia is working creatively and collaboratively to improve their fish and wildlife resources statewide.

Success Stories

Enhancing the Walleye Fishery on the New River
Stocking 644,000 walleye in the New River using an indigenous strain of fish was essential in rebuilding the river’s walleye population and providing broader fishing opportunity to anglers. The result of the five year program was that in 2002, approximately 10 percent of the total fishing effort was directed at walleye and by 2007 that number had jumped to 30 percent.

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