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Draft Recovery Plan for the Alabama Sturgeon Available for Review

April 12, 2012


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An Alabama sturgeon being held on display by a biologist

An Alabama sturgeon being held by a biologist. Photo: USFWS. Download.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on the draft recovery plan for the Alabama sturgeon, a federally listed, endangered fish.

The public, local, state, and federal governments and members of the business community are invited to submit comments on this draft recovery plan.

Historically, the Alabama sturgeon was found within all major rivers in the Mobile Basin, below the Fall Line, including the Alabama, Tombigbee, and Cahaba River systems.  The most recent discoveries only have been located in the lower Alabama River below R.F. Henry Lock and Dam to the confluence of the Tombigbee River and in the lower Cahaba River near its confluence with the Alabama River.

The draft recovery plan provides a framework for downlisting Alabama sturgeon from endangered to threatened.  Delisting is not currently foreseeable due to the sturgeon's small population size, reduced range, and extensive modifications to its river habitats.

Some of the recovery actions discussed in the draft plan include: (1) Working with the Corps of  Engineers to improve operations at Claiborne, Millers Ferry, and R. F. Henry lock and dams by increasing the amount of free-flowing habitat available within the reservoirs; (2) Monitoring  population levels, demographics, and habitat conditions of existing populations; (3) Continuing efforts to obtain individual fish and improve techniques necessary for captive propagation of the species; and, (4) Identifying locations along the Alabama and Cahaba Rivers for suitable spawning habitat.

Public comments will be accepted on this draft recovery plan until June 11, 2012.   

To view the draft recovery plan on the web, visit You also can go to

For a paper copy of the recovery plan, please telephone 251/441–6630, or send a written request to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, 1208-B Main Street, Daphne, Alabama 36526.


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