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Combined Pallid Sturgeon/MICRAWorkgroup Meeting
Midwest Region, February 4, 2011
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The Middle Basin Pallid Sturgeon Workgroup met 19-20 January in St. Louis, MO.  The group was joined by both the Lower Basin Pallid Sturgeon Workgroup and the Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association (MICRA).

The joint meeting provided a unique opportunity to address pallid sturgeon issues from Gavin’s Point Dam to the Gulf of Mexico.  The first morning session consisted of concurrent sessions so the separate groups could address topics specific too their group.  The following afternoon and next day were devoted to joint presentations from Group members. 

Dr. Tracy Hill of the Columbia Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office gave a presentation on the recent ruling listing shovelnose sturgeon as threatened due to its similarity of appearance to pallid sturgeon.  Several other presenters provided information on this topic.  The group discussed the need to collect data to determine what the implications of the ruling would be for both shovelnose and pallid sturgeon. 

The meeting was well attended with approximately 90 people in attendance over the 2 day meeting and provided the opportunity for individuals to network across the Mississippi basin.  Due to the success of this meeting a consideration will be given to repeating it ever 3 or 4 years. 

Interagency participation in the Resource Agency workgroups ensures cooperation for recovery efforts of pallid sturgeon in the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. The effort is consistent with and supportive of the “Partnerships and Accountability” and “Aquatic Species Conservation and Management”, priorities of the Fisheries Program Vision for the Future.

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



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