Northeast Division AFS

Minas Basin Atlantic Sturgeon

Minas Atlantic Sturgeon

Researchers at Acadia University conducted a survey of the Minas Basin Atlantic sturgeon population during the summer of 2012.  They estimated roughly 25,000 sturgeon were present between the sizes of 100-200 cm.  Using genetic analyses they determined the Minas Basin population was of mixed origin, with roughly 60% coming from a nearby river and over 30%  from populations scattered along the East Coast.  The results of multi-year tagging studies have detected sturgeon movements along the East Coast from the Hudson, Connecticut, Merrimak and Penobscot Rivers.  This work was published in an article in the Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.

Sturgeon Walton Weir

 

Photos Courtesy of Mike Dadswell, Acadia University