What’s In a Name?
An incision just big enough to fit the transmitter is made in the belly of the sturgeon and a few stitches close it up. The stitches eventually dissolve but a small scar remains visible.
On March 16, 2011, PLS11-002, a non-reproductive female pallid sturgeon, was captured on a trotline and implanted with a transmitter. Every fish that is implanted with a transmitter is given a unique name. The name tells us the species, the year the fish entered our telemetry study, and a number describing how many fish were implanted so far during the year.
Following surgery and transmitter implantation, pallid sturgeon PLS11-002 was released at her capture location in the Lower Missouri River.
For example, PLS11-002 is a Pallid Sturgeon (PLS) implanted in 2011 (11) and it was the second fish implanted in 2011 (002).
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