The cooperative angling program conducted during 1996 with local fishing charter guides was quite successful. Early in the program, the reward for white sturgeon capture was doubled as incentive for guide participation. By the end of the program, guided anglers provided approximately 15% of the total 1996 white sturgeon catch. The reward program criteria and the overall objective for Region 2 resulted in the collection of life history characteristics that were biased towards larger fish, which is not an accurate representation of the entire population. The primary objective of the program was to capture and radio tag adult females in the late stages of reproductive maturity. While fish meeting these criteria were not captured during the 1996 season, a number of other size and sex classes were equipped with radio transmitters. Difficulties with the radio transmitters, such as frequency shifting and signal delays have hampered tracking efforts and will need to be resolved during the ongoing white sturgeon studi
R.L. & L. Environmental Services Ltd.. 1996. Fraser River White Sturgeon Monitoring Program: Region 2 (Lower Mainland) 1996 Investigations. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Fisheries Report. RLL524F
Topic: Fish and Fish Habitats
Keywords: white sturgeon, Fraser River, Lower Mainland, angling, angler, catch, radio-tagging, telemetry, sport, fishery
Scientific Name: Acipenser transmontanus
English Name: White Sturgeon
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