Record breaking sturgeon spawning season in Wisconsin

Wisconsin's sturgeon spawning season in the Lake Winnebago, Fox, and Wolf River system heads towards new all time highs. Latest counts indicate the population to be still increasing and extremely large fish showing up. Between March 17th and April 17th repeated spawning events of Lake sturgeon (A. fulvescens have been reported by Wisconsin DNR teams. The ultimate achievement for this year is the first reproduction of lake sturgeon in the river se...

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Danube River Sturgeon Task Force established

During a workshop in Vienna, initiated by the International Association for Danube Research (IAD) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), a task-force for the conservation of sturgeons in the Danube River Basin and adjacent areas of the Black Sea was established on January 20th 2012. The aim of this task-force is to coordinate and foster the implementation of the Action Plan for Danube River Sturgeons adopted under the Bern Convention in 2005. ...

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Winnebago Sturgeon Spearing Seasons opened Saturday February 11

Opening day of the 2012 sturgeon spearing system on the Winnebago Lakes lived-up very close to pre-season expectations: Significantly reduced numbers of spearers on Lake Winnebago and fair water quality resulted in a modern record low harvest for an opening day on the big lake with 39 fish, while close to normal effort and clear water resulted in a higher than average opening day harvest of 171 fish from the Upriver Lakes lottery fishery. The reg...

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Vietnam increases sturgeon production in cage farms

Vietnam Sturgeon Corporation has opened its fifth sturgeon farm in the central highlands province of Dak Lak. Once completed, the net cage facility located in the Buon Tu Srah hydropower plant reservoir in Lak District will have an estimated capacity to rear one million sturgeons. The company claims it to be the largest of its kind world-wide. In the first phase the facility will hold 40,000 fish. The company?s other facilities are located in the...

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Regional Workshop on the Turkish Action Plan for Rehabilitation of Near Extinct Sturgeons

The two day Workshop was held in Trabzon, Turkey October 19th and 20th, 2011 with some 50 participants from Turkish administration and research institutions as well as delegates from Georgia, Romania, Russia and Ukraine as well as a representative from the Black Sea Commission. During this third and last meeting on the subject in 2011, Turkey was finalizing its National Sturgeon Action Plan on sturgeon conservation. The Action Plan development wa...

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VIU Centre for Sturgeon Studies to open October 3rd

After accommodating about 120 sturgeon researchers in July this summer (4th WSCS-NAC sturgeon Conference, WSCS Board meeting and General Assembly), Vancouver Island University is envisaging the next sturgeon event sincce the Centre for Sturgeon Studies is about to be opened by October 3rd 2011. The 1,208-square-metre facility will provide the new home for staff and students from the biology and the fisheries and aquaculture departments as well as...

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Second announcement for the 7th International Sturgeon Symposium presented

July 23rd the updated and expanded second announcement for the International Sturgeon Symposium to be held in Nanaimo, Canada July 21-25, 2013 has been presented by Vancouver Island University and WSCS with their partners. The program is presented in detail and registration, abstract submission, workshops, Discussion Forums, side events, as well as the hosting city and its premises are introduced. Submission deadline for abstracts is April 25th, ...

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North American Chapter of WSCS is hosting its 4th annual meeting

WSCS NAC is having its 4th annual meeting at the International Center for Sturgeon Studies, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada from July 11-14, 2011 with the conference focusing on "Sturgeon Recovery and Management" since efforts to manage, preserve and to restore these species have increased substantially in the last 30 years. In North America some of the healthiest populations still remain, and some of the longest ru...

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Bulgaria issued ban on sturgeon fishing

Bulgaria issued a ban on sturgeon fishing for Danube River and the Black Sea which came into force on 21.02.2011. The ban includes all fishing activities for sturgeons on Danube River and in Black Sea until the end of 2011. A second ban, specifically addressing sturgeon catch is under preparation to become effective in the period from 01.2012-12.2015 which is to be adopted by the end of March 2011. As a result of the protection attempts in corres...

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2011 Winnebago Lakes Sturgeon Spearing Season? Season Synopsis

The 2011 season went into the books as the 4th 16 day season since we began the harvest cap system in 1999. The others were 2002, 2006, and 2007. Under current rule the season lasts until we hit one of the harvest cap closure triggers or 16 days, whichever comes first. The average season length under the harvest cap system since we went to the 6 hour spearing day (6:30 AM to 12:30 PM) in 2005 is 11 days. The shortest season since 2005 was a 4 day...

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2010 sturgeon spawning run has begun on the Wolf River

Dear Winnebago Sturgeon Enthusiasts: The 2010 sturgeon spawning run has begun on the Wolf River. A handful of females have been spawning with their harems of males along the Wolf River Trail on County Highway X west of New London for a few days now, but the remaining 3000 or so females in the river that need to spawn yet have been waiting for the water temperatures to get a little higher. The wait appears to be over as a large number of fish move...

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Winnebago Sturgeon Harvest Report Wednesday, February 17th

The 2010 sturgeon spearing seasons on both the Upriver Lakes and Lake Winnebago will end tomorrow, Thursday February 18th, 2010, at 12:30 PM. Total of 179 fish registered today including 7 fish larger than 100 pounds. Ninety percent harvest closure triggers were hit today on both Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes. Totals for the day: Lake Winnebago: 26 juvenile females; 64 adult females; 69 males; TOTAL of 159Upriver Lakes: 1 juvenile females;...

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Record lake sturgeon catch from Lake Winnebago weighing 212.2 lb (96.3 kg)

More on the new record fish - "If this fish could only talk" The 212.2 lb (96.3 kg), 84.2 in (214 cm) record fish harvested yesterday was a record not only for Lake Winnebago, but also a new sturgeon spearing record for Wisconsin. The previous record sturgeon taken by spear in the state was a 195 pound fish harvested on May 20, 1979 from Pokegama Lake in Vilas County on the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation. Although we have not yet aged this fi...

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Winnebago Sturgeon Harvest Report Sunday, February 14th

Somewhat slower harvest pace today on both Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes, which typically happens the day after all the excitement following opening day. Total of 656 fish registered today with, again, a nice bevy of 17 fish larger than 100 pounds. The number of spearing shanties dropped very little lake wide though from 4033 shacks on Lake Winnebago yesterday to 4009 today and 490 on the Upriver Lakes yesterday to 469 today. Many spearers...

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Winnebago Sturgeon Harvest Report for Saturday, February 13th

A record smashing day on Lake Winnebago today for the start of the 2010 sturgeon spearing season. We have been handling fish in our spring spawning surveys in excess of 200 pounds for several years now, and finally one of these large super-trophies has shown up in the spear harvest. Ron Grishaber of Appleton registered a 212.2 pound, 84.2" sturgeon this morning at our Harrison Registration Station, west of the village of Sherwood. Also a record n...

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Petition to list US Atlantic sturgeon as endangered is seeking for comments and information

The US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce has released a 90day petition finding and a request for information on a petition to list Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus) as endangered, or to list multiple distinct population segments (DPSs) as threatened or endangered and designate critical habitat under the ESA. On October 6, 2009, the petition fr...

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Specimen of Ship Sturgeon (Acipenser nudiventris) captured alive in in the Danube River

Dear friends & colleagues, Please see below the message of Hungarian ichthyologist and friend, Zoltan Sallai, about the lucky capture of live specimen of elusive (Acipenser nudiventris) ship sturgeon, on Dec. 2, 2009 in a wintering hole (18 m) in the Danube River, near Mohacs, Hungary. The fish is a male, TW = 22 kg, TL= 140 cm. The fish was transported and is kept at the Hungarian Fishery Research Institute, HAKI in Szarvas. Now, we only nee...

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Winnebago System Sturgeon Spearing

Middle February was the day 1 of the 2016 Sturgeon Spearing season 2016 on the Winnebago System. This traditional fishing method is permitted every year for a limited period of time and captures under the supervision of the Winnebago Sturgeon System of the Winsconsin Department of  Natural Resources. 

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