Juvenile Gulf Sturgeon Program

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In June 2017, FWC scientists from the Pensacola region began field work to study juvenile Gulf Sturgeon in the Yellow River to better understand the habitat use and abundance patterns of these rare fishes. In August, scientist began exploratory fishing for age-0 Gulf Sturgeon, initial trawling efforts resulted in the capture of a 125-mm (fork length) individual, one of the first age-0 to ever be recorded in the Yellow River. Initial results from this field work are being analyzed and will guide efforts in 2018, which include: continued sampling and tagging of age-0 to age-3 Gulf Sturgeon in the Yellow River, and expansion of the study and acoustic array into the Escambia River, Florida.

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