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Middle Basin Pallid Sturgeon Workgroup Meeting
Midwest Region, February 4, 2010
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The Middle Basin Pallid Sturgeon Workgroup met 26-27 January in Blue Springs, MO.  The purpose for the meeting was to coordinate recovery activities for pallid sturgeon in the Missouri River below Gavin’s Point Dam. 

The first afternoon of the meeting focused on issues of stocking, followed by second day of reports from state, federal and university resource personnel working on pallid sturgeon in the lower Missouri and middle Mississippi Rivers. 

Pallid Sturgeon Recovery Team Leader George Jordan presented some information regarding a proposal by the Fish and Wildlife Service to treat shovelnose sturgeon as a threatened species due to similarity of appearance with pallid sturgeon.  He also updated the group on activities in the Yellowstone River, MT to remove Intake dam. 

Hatchery updates revealed that 5 female pallid sturgeon brood fish are being held at the Neosho National Fish Hatchery are in reproductive condition.  These fish were captured during the spring of 2009 and were deemed to be in a non-reproductive status at that time.  The workgroup agreed to hold the fish over in hopes that they would be candidates for spawning during 2010.   

The meeting was well attended with approximately 60 people in attendance over the 2 day meeting.

Contact Info: Tracy Hill, 573-234-2132 x102, tracy_hill@fws.gov



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