My Scientific Name
By the Numbers
As adults, we are 3 to 9 feet in length and weigh 10 to 80 pounds. The largest of us on record weighed 310 pounds.
How to Identify Me
I have a flat shovel-shaped head, four whisker-like barbels below my rounded snout, and a suction-like mouth with no teeth. Like all sturgeon, I have a long forked heterocercal tail, the top tail of my tail fin is longer than the bottom. I have a white belly and five rows of scutes along a grey and brown body.
Why I Matter and What's Been Happening
People used to catch us for our delicious meat and eggs, called caviar. By the early 1900’s, we were almost gone because of overfishing. Then, decades of pollution and damming of rivers made it hard for the rest of us to survive. In the 1970’s, people started cleaning up our rivers and lakes, and stopped fishing for us.
Good News! Today, there are more of us around thanks to everyone’s cooperation in improving water quality, removing dams and helping us get back to our lakes and rivers.