Studies of white sturgeon stocks indicate populations are threatened by over-fishing, reduced water quality, and loss or alteration of preferred habitats. Since the population dynamics and factors regulating production of this family are poorly understood, a large scale investigation of white sturgeon was initiated in 1995 to obtain information on the status and characteristics of white sturgeon populations in the Fraser River watershed. Due to the extensive size of the study area, only selected reaches of the Fraser River watershed in B.C. Environment Regions 2 (Lower Mainland), 3 (Thompson-Nicola), 5 (Cariboo), and 7 (Omineca-Peace) were investigated in 1995. This report presents results from the initial phase of the Fraser River White Sturgeon Monitoring Program and provides comparisons with data obtained from other studies. Information on sturgeon distribution, habitat, movements, size, reproductive development, and growth is presented.
R.L. & L. Environmental Services Ltd.. 1995. Fraser River White Sturgeon Monitoring Program: 1995 Data Report. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Fisheries Report. RLL465F
Topic: Fish and Fish Habitats
Keywords: white sturgeon, Fraser River, size, growth, distribution, habitat, movements, reproductive development, radio-tracking, telemetry, monitoring
Scientific Name: Acipenser transmontanus
English Name: White Sturgeon
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