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Reintroduction of Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) into the St. Regis River, NY: Post-release assessment of habitat use and growth

December 15, 2015

One of the depleted endemic fish species of the Great Lakes, Acipenser fulvescens (Lake Sturgeon), has been the target of extensive conservation efforts. One strategy is reintroduction into historically productive waters. The St. Regis River, NY, represents one such adaptive-management effort, with shared management between New York and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. Between 1998 and 2004, a total of 4977 young-of-year Lake Sturgeon were released. Adaptive management requires intermediate progress metrics. During 2004 and 2005, we measured growth, habitat use, and survivorship metrics of the released fish. We captured a total of 95 individuals of all stocked ages. Year-class minimal-survival rates ranged from 0.19–2.1%. The size-at-age and length/biomass relationships were comparable to those reported for juveniles in other Great Lakes waters. These intermediate assessment metrics can provide feedback to resource managers who make restoration-program decisions on a much shorter time-scale than the time-frame in which the ultimate goal of a self-sustaining population can be attained.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2015
Title Reintroduction of Lake Sturgeon (<i>Acipenser fulvescens</i>) into the St. Regis River, NY: Post-release assessment of habitat use and growth
DOI 10.1656/045.022.0408
Authors Dawn E. Dittman, Marc A. Chalupnicki, James H. Johnson, James Snyder
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Northeastern Naturalist
Series Number
Index ID 70160568
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Great Lakes Science Center