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Middle Basin Pallid Sturgeon Workgroup Meeting
Midwest Region, January 30, 2007
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The Middle Basin Pallid Sturgeon Workgroup met, January 17, in St. Charles, Missouri.  The purpose for the meeting was to coordinate recovery activities for pallid sturgeon in the Missouri River below Gavins Point Dam. 

The group had a full agenda and made several recommendations to the Pallid Sturgeon Recovery Team.  The meeting kicked off with reports from state, federal and university resource personnel working on pallid sturgeon in the lower Missouri and Middle Mississippi Rivers. 

Meeting participants were alarmed by a presentation from the middle Mississippi River depicting mortality rates for pallid and shovelnose sturgeon at 31 percent and 37 percent, respectively.  Recovery Team Leader George Jordan presented some recommended changes regarding how the pallid sturgeon range will be defined. 

The Recovery Team is proposing four Management Units to replace the six current Recovery Priority Management Areas.  Meeting participants also planned and discussed broodstock collection activities for the Spring 2007 field season.  Meeting attendance was down slightly from previous years meetings as a result of the ice storm that hit Missouri and the Midwest during the previous week.

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