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Big Muddy Speaker Series
Midwest Region, July 13, 2011
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Project Leader Tracy Hill gave a presentation on pallid sturgeon at the Big Muddy Speaker Series.  The talk titled “Stocking up on pallid sturgeon- The not so short or smooth road to recovery” detailed the steps necessary to stock pallid sturgeon in the Missouri River. 

About 20 people were in attendance at the talk which was part of the “Big Muddy Speaker Series”, a monthly series of talks about the Missouri River hosted by a partnership of Missouri River Relief, Friends of Big Muddy, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge and Les Bourgeois Vineyards.   

The presentation detailed the various steps involved in stocking pallid sturgeon from collecting wild brood fish from the river to the varied genetic testing necessary to ensure the fish are appropriate parents to the spawn, rearing, tagging and eventual stocking of the progeny.  The purpose for the series is to educate the local public about natural resource issues surrounding the Missouri River.

Contact Info: Tracy Hill, 573-234-2132 x102, tracy_hill@fws.gov
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