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PALLID STURGEON: STOCKING MILESTONE REACHED
Mountain-Prairie Region, December 1, 2004
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its state and Federal partners hit a milestone in November, when crews stocked their 100,000th pallid sturgeon. The stocking began in 1994 as part of an effort to save the endangered fish, which can grow to 6 feet long and 85 pounds over a 50 year lifespan. Spawning and stocking operations have been conducted at Gavins Point NFH in South Dakota; Garrison Dam NFH in North Dakota; Miles City SFH, Bozeman FTC and above Fort Peck Reservoir in Montana; Blind Pony SFH and Neosho NFH in Missouri; and Natchitoches NFH and Booker-Fowler SFH in Louisiana. The offspring of that propagation now swim in the waters of Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Louisiana. Pallid sturgeon date back to prehistoric times, but dam construction, habitat alterations and over-fishing threaten their future. The stocking alone will not save the species, but it will ?buy time? until sufficient habitat is available.

Contact Info: Kenneth Torkelson, 701-355-8528, kenneth_torkelson@fws.gov
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