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End of a ?Wild? Pallid Sturgeon Season on the Missouri River
Midwest Region, June 30, 2005
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June 30 marked the end of the 2004-2005 pallid sturgeon sampling season on the Missouri River. For the Columbia Fishery Resources Office, this turned out to be a record setting season for pallid sturgeon captures on the lower Missouri River. A total of 37 palled sturgeon were captured, shattering the old record of 25 set back in the 2003-2004 season.

Over the past decade, the Columbia FRO has experienced an increase in the number of pallids captured, most notably, there has been an increase in the number of wild pallids captured (i.e. not stocked or tagged). Since 1999, Columbia FRO has captured a total of 30 wild pallid sturgeon, of which, a record 13 were collected this past season. This topples the old record of five set back in the 2003-2004 season. Wild pallid sturgeon are important in brood stock development and indicate the presence of a naturally reproducing population in the river. In years to come, biologists at Columbia FRO will be looking to wild pallid captures as an indication of the successful recovery of this endangered species.

These ongoing efforts in recovering this endangered species and understanding its role in Big River ecology are in full collaboration with the Native Species goal of the ?Fisheries Program Vision for the Future?.

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