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Large Gulf Sturgeon Collected and Released in Mobile Bay
March 13, 2006
Biologists from the Geological Survey of Alabama (GSA), Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFFD), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) caught and released a 160 pound Gulf sturgeon near Fairhope in
The range of the Gulf sturgeon extends along the northern Gulf coast from
In the late 1800s and early 1900s newspaper reports and photographs documented that large Gulf sturgeon exceeding several hundred pounds inhabited the
In 2005, the WFFD and GSA initiated a cooperative study with funding from the State Wildlife Grants program to gather information on Gulf sturgeon numbers, movements, and life history in
A second goal of the study is to identify Gulf sturgeon spawning habitats in the
This study is intended to contribute to the overall understanding of the life history requirements of this unique fish throughout the Gulf coast. The eventual goal is to reverse its decline and work toward its removal from the need for Endangered Species Act protection.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of
From Left: Scott Mettee and Stuart McGregor of the Geological Survey of Alabama and Jerry Moss of the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division of the Department of Conservation with the Gulf sturgeon caught and released from Mobile Bay on February 21, 2006.