Friday's Findings - May 21 2021

Release Date:

USGS Research to Support the Recovery of Endangered Atlantic Sturgeon 

Date: May 21, 2021 from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: David Kazyak, Research Ecologist, USGS Eastern Ecological Science Center

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Call in: 202-640-1187

Phone Conference ID: 522 391 319#

Dr. Dave Kazyak prepares to release an adult Atlantic Sturgeon prior to release as part of a collaborative research effort.

Dr. Dave Kazyak prepares to release an adult Atlantic Sturgeon prior to release as part of a collaborative research effort. (Public domain.)

Background: Atlantic sturgeon are large, long-lived, highly migratory fish that may be found across the Atlantic Coast of North America. Historic overharvest and habitat degradation resulted in significant declines to populations and, following decades of limited recovery, the species was listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act in 2012. Given continued threats to recovery and limited information about the status of populations, there is a need for new tools to assist in Atlantic sturgeon conservation. The Eastern Ecological Science Center is engaged in an array of research activities to determine the status of populations and identify factors which may inhibit their recovery. This talk will provide an overview of our research program and the new tools and information we are developing to support sturgeon conservation.