Atlantic Sturgeon Declared Endangered Species

Atlantic Sturgeon, Photo/NOAA.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association today designated the Atlantic sturgeon an endangered species, providing it greater legal protections, following a petition the Natural Resources Defense Council submitted in September 2009.

Atlantic Sturgeon, Photo/NOAA.

NOAA’s Fisheries Service today announced four subpopulations or distinct population segments of Atlantic sturgeon, which are treated as individual species under the law, will be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act: the New York Bight, the Chesapeake Bay, the Carolina, and the South Atlantic. The northernmost distinct population segment, the Gulf of Maine, will be listed as threatened.

The prehistoric-looking Atlantic sturgeon can live past 60 years, grow to 14’, and weigh 800 pounds.

 

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