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White sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus)

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General Information

The Kootenai River white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) is 1 of 18 land-locked populations of white sturgeon known to occur in western North America. Kootenai sturgeon occur in Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia, Canada, and are restricted to approximately 167.7 River Mile (RM) of the Kootenai River extending from Kootenai Falls, Montana, located 31 RM below Libby Dam, Montana, downstream through Kootenay Lake to Corra Linn Dam at the outflow from Kootenay Lake in British Columbia. Approximately 45 percent of the speciesí range is located within British Columbia. Many Kootenai sturgeon migrate within this restricted portion of the Kootenai River system to spawn in the Kootenai River, and they spend part of their life in Kootenay Lake in British Columbia. The Kootenai River originates in Kootenay National Park in British Columbia, flows south into Montana, northwest into Idaho, then north through the Kootenai Valley back into British Columbia, where it flows through Kootenay Lake and joins the Columbia River at Castlegar, British Columbia. The wild population now consists of an aging cohort of large, old fish. The population has declined from approximately 7,000 white sturgeon in the late 1970s to 760 fish in 2000. At the current mortality rate of 9 percent per year, fewer than 500 adults remained in 2005 and there may be fewer than 50 remaining by 2030. Current data indicate that population abundance declines by about half every 7.4 years. During the last 14 years of intensive monitoring (using techniques proven suitable elsewhere) only one hatching embryo has been found and no free-swimming larvae or young-of-the-year have been captured. Estimates show that annually an average of 10 juvenile sturgeon are naturally reproduced in the Kootenai River. This suggests high levels of mortality which are unlikely to sustain the historic population of Kootenai sturgeon.

 
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
09/06/1994 Pacific Region (Region 1) U.S.A. (ID, MT), Canada (B.C.), (Kootenai R. system)

» Federal Register Documents

Most Recent Federal Register Documents (Showing 5 of 10: view all)
Date Citation Page Title
07/23/2014 79 FR 42687 42696 Marine and Anadromous Taxa: Additions, Removal, Updates,and Corrections to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
04/08/2010 75 FR 17947 17950 5-Year Status Reviews of 69 Species in Idaho, Washington, Hawaii, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
07/09/2008 73 FR 39506 39523 Critical Habitat Revised Designation for the Kootenai River Population of the White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus): Final rule.
02/08/2006 71 FR 6383 6396 Critical Habitat Designation for the Kootenai River Population of the White Sturgeon: Interim rule.
09/06/2001 66 FR 46548 46561 Final Designation of Critical Habitat for the Kootenai River Population of the White Sturgeon

» Action Plans

Action Plans (Showing 1 of 1)
Date Title
05/17/2010 Kootenai River White Sturgeon Spotlight Species Action Plan

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
09/30/1999 Recovery Plan for the Kootenai River Population of the White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) View Implementation Progress Final
Other Recovery Documents (Showing 2 of 2)
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
04/08/2010 75 FR 17947 17950 5-Year Status Reviews of 69 Species in Idaho, Washington, Hawaii, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
04/26/2001 66 FR 20962 20964 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Reopening of Public Comment Period and Notice of Availability of Draft Economic Analysis for Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for the Kootenai River Population of White Sturgeon
  • Notice Doc. Availability
  • Notice Reopen Comment
Five Year Review
Date Title
08/09/2011 Kootenai River Distinct Population Segement of the White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) 5-Year Review: Summary and Evaluation

» Critical Habitat

Current Critical Habitat Documents (Showing 4 of 4)
Date Citation Page Title Document Type Status
07/09/2008 73 FR 39506 39523 Critical Habitat Revised Designation for the Kootenai River Population of the White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus): Final rule. Final Rule Final designated
02/08/2006 71 FR 6383 6396 Critical Habitat Designation for the Kootenai River Population of the White Sturgeon: Interim rule. Final Rule Not Required
09/06/2001 66 FR 46548 46561 Final Designation of Critical Habitat for the Kootenai River Population of the White Sturgeon Final Rule Not Required
12/21/2000 65 FR 80698 80708 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Designation of Critical Habitat for the Kootenai River Population of the White Sturgeon Proposed Rule Not Required

To learn more about critical habitat please see http://ecos.fws.gov/crithab

» Conservation Plans

No conservation plans have been created for White sturgeon, U.S.A. (ID, MT), Canada (B.C.), Kootenai R. system

» Petitions

Most Recent Petition Findings (Showing 1 of 1)
Date Citation Page Title Finding
04/14/1993 58 FR 19401 19402 ETWP; 90-Day Finding for a Petition to List the Kootenai River Population of the White Sturgeon
  • Notice 90-day Petition Finding, Substantial

» Life History

No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.

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