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Large, Wild Pallid Sturgeon Captured on Lower Missouri River
Midwest Region, September 22, 2005
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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Fishery Biologist Cliff Wilson holds the large pallid sturgeon captured on the Missouri River, Sept. 22, 2005.
- USFWS photo by Wyatt Doyle
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Fishery Biologist Cliff Wilson holds the large pallid sturgeon captured on the Missouri River, Sept. 22, 2005.

- USFWS photo by Wyatt Doyle

- Photo Credit: n/a

On September 22, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Fishery Biologists Cliff Wilson and Wyatt Doyle from the Columbia Missouri Fishery Resources Office caught one of the largest pallid sturgeons captured in recent years. The sturgeon was captured above Hartsburg, Mo., at river mile 161.2. The fish's fork length measured 955 mm (37.60 inches) and it weighed 3,595g (7.93 lbs).

The pallid sturgeon was given to a U.S. Geological Survey biologist crew from the Columbia Environmental Research Center who examined the fish. They found large portions of fatty tissue indicating the fish was in good condition and finding ample food. The sturgeon’s sex could not be determined. The USGS crew implanted a ultra-sonic telemetry tag into the sturgeon allowing them to track the sturgeon's movement in the Missouri River.

The information from this pallid sturgeon, in addition to scientific information and data collected from all fish species collected in the Missouri River, assist the Columbia FRO in supporting the Aquatic Species Conservation and Management’s Native Species Goal of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Fisheries Program Vision for the Future.


Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov



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