At about 5 feet in length, this sturgeon is approaching maturity and represents a key focus for our ongoing effort to protect and restore this species. As the fish matures, it will be important that it finds optimal places to spawn and habitat that supports the next generation of sturgeon. And sadly, this sturgeon is approaching a size often targeted by poaching and that also is sometimes trapped as by-catch in commercial and First Nations salmon nets.
Our work is focused on protecting key habitat, preventing further erosion of spawning grounds and to promote fishing techniques that ensure the best possible survival for sturgeon. We use the data collected through our monitoring and assessment program to gain knowledge and insight into the life history and experiences of sturgeon and to provide direction for resource management and community decisions made that affect sturgeon.
As this sturgeon is encountered over the next number years, we will learn from its travels about the habitat it favours, its rate of growth and ultimately, we will be able to continue to advocate for this remarkable species.