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Eleven Captive-reared Gulf Sturgeon Begin Journey to Find Suitable Habitat, Other Populations

This is a Joint Media Advisory with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

May 9, 2002

Robert Bakal, FWS,706/655-3382, Ext. 231 or 706/587-9318 cell phone
Elsie Davis, FWS, 404/679-7107
Robin Hill, GDNR, 770/761-3035


Eleven captive-reared Gulf sturgeon will be released below and above Jim Woodruff Dam in Chattahoochee, Florida. These fish, which have been surgically sterilized and outfitted with radio transmitters, will serve as sentinels in search of suitable habitat and possibly other wild populations in the Chattahoochee-Flint-Apalachicola River system. Although the fish was historically abundant within this river system, there is currently only one known population of 300 to 400 sturgeon located below the dam. A similar study is underway with the Shortnose sturgeon in the Savannah River System, but this is a pioneering attempt with the Gulf sturgeon.


Representatives involved in the project from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Warm Springs Regional Fisheries Center, will be on site to answer questions. Photo opportunities will be available.


Wednesday, May 15, at noon.
Jim Woodruff Dam boat ramp, Chattahoochee, Florida, one-half-hour from Tallahassee.
From Columbus, Georgia: Take Highway 27 south to Bainbridge, Georgia. Take Highway 97 connector south to Highway 97 south. Highway 97 south will intersect with Highway 90. At Highway 90, make a right and go west 4 or 5 miles through Chattahoochee until you come to a Hardees Restaurant. Just before the Hardees, make a right turn and go down the road that will dead-end at the boat ramp.

NOTE: You can view our releases or subscribe to receive them -- via e-mail -- at the Service's Southeast Regional home page at Our national home page is at:

Atlanta, GA 30345

Phone: 404/679-7289 Fax: 404/679-7286

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