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Pallid Sturgeon Recovery Team Meets To Discuss Progress Toward Recovery
Midwest Region, September 12, 2007
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The 2007 Pallid Recovery Team met in Southern Mississippi this year to discuss revisions to the Pallid Recovery Plan. The recovery team is made up of biologists and researchers from universities, USGS, Army Corps, States (Missouri, Montana, Louisiana and Nebraska) and the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Columbia NFWCO continues to be part of this team, this year represented by Wyatt Doyle. The team discussed new information relative to stocking, genetics, research and made recommendations to assist agencies in their continued efforts toward recovery.

The newest genetic information suggests distinct population units occur throughout the range of the pallid and changes were made to the Recovery Plan regarding stocking recommendations and collection locations of broodstock that will protect the genetic integrity of those units.

Recommendations were also made to increase emphasis on discontinuing commercial harvest which has been documented as contributing to the decline of pallids in the Mississippi River basin.

The recovery team is made up of six Service members from Louisiana to North Dakota. Their continued involvement that brings a combined wealth of experience and expertise reflects the Service’s commitment to recovering the endangered pallid.

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