Atlantic Sturgeon Declared Endangered Species

After years of declining populations, five populations of Atlantic Sturgeon have been officially declared endangered under the Endangered Species Act; a sixth segment has been declared “threatened.”

It’s been a long road to endangered status for the slow-moving, long lived species. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that there were some 180,000 adult female spawning sturgeon in 1890 in the Delaware River alone; most recently that figure has dropped to fewer than 300.

NOAA determined that stocks were historically low in 2007, so it was petitioned to declare the Atlantic sturgeon endangered in 2009. The agency sought public comment in 2010, and after examining data and additional information submitted, the species has now been listed as endangered.

While fishing for the sturgeon has been banned for more than a decade, the endangered status  gives the species a fuller protection, including a prohibition against any kind of  ‘take,’ which includes “harassing, harming, pursuing, wounding, killing, trapping, capturing, or collecting.”

The US Fish and Wildlife Service lists 77 endangered and 68 threatened species of fish in the U.S.. Worldwide, fish stocks have experienced a dramatic decline, decimated by overfishing, habitat destruction and pollution.

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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

not good.... can't you buy these in pet stores?

Karen Baker
Karen Baker3 years ago

When are governments going to stop letting this type of atrocity happen?

colleen p.
colleen p.3 years ago

@William Y.

there are some people who pick and choose what they love. they may say "save the _________ because they are beautiful" some even say stuff like "______ are ugly, but _____ are so cute, same those insted" some would rather save wolves than rinocerus because they don't find the rino pretty enough.

"who cares about stupid ugly (reptile here) save the wolf it's beautiful!"

people screen capture those.

magestic, noble, beautiful. buzzwords to protect something. how many times have you seen pro-horse thinking that did not include those? how many times have one just seen "is nessesary for the ecosystem" on something people might not like?

"how could people kill the _________s? they are so (positive ajictives about aesticly pleasing animals with relatable traits)

not to many will say that about an aye-aye or almiqui

colleen p.
colleen p.3 years ago

Jane W. they cut them open for caviar.
the Beluga Sturgon is famous, and the brand using the name.

it is just hard to get attintion. putting "please save me" on that photo

or "how could you hurt me"

now try it with a wolf pup, or cub of something.

here is the atlantic
"this is evil"
now, put "this is evil" with a hunter and his dead canine

Jutta N.
Past Member 3 years ago

hope that human kind will repent and stop destroy our precious habitat

Shereen A.
Shereen Alcala3 years ago

So sad :(

Christine Stewart

Illegal caviar collection kills untold numbers of sturgeon- please boycott stupid "luxury" foods like caviar, foie gras, and veal- animals suffering for ridiculous food fetishes...

Vicky Pitchford
Vicky P.3 years ago

:/ never heard of that fish, but sad, we shouldn't over fish so much

Jane Warre
Jane Warren3 years ago

What is sturgeon being fished for?

Zana Zatanique
Jan Alexanian3 years ago

Its sad that we have allowed nature's creatures come to this point.