The University of Georgia and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are donating 1,900 pounds of California white sturgeon that had been part of a research study to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
UGA associate professor Doug Peterson said in a statement Monday that researchers didn't want the sturgeon to be thrown out. Although fish used in studies are normally disposed of, Peterson says research only involved testing a fish's swimming ability.
Officials say an Atlanta seafood company processed the sturgeon, which yielded about 950 pounds of high-quality fillets for a value of $9,000. The Atlanta Community Food Bank distributes more than 35 million pounds of food and groceries annually in metro Atlanta and north Georgia.
UGA officials say three live sturgeons also were donated for a Tennessee Aquarium exhibit.