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Shortnose Sturgeon Recovery Program

  • Outreach

    Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon can be found in major rivers, estuaries, bays and coastal waters along the eastern seaboard of the United States Read More . . .

  • Sturgeon Workshop

    NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service held a three day workshop on Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon conservation Read More . . .

  • Sturgeon Salvage Network

    The Shortnose Sturgeon Salvage Network was formed to improve documentation of endangered shortnose sturgeon found dead in the wild Read More . . .

  • Research

    Current research projects on wild populations of shortnose sturgeon include Read More . . .

  • Shortnose and the ESA

    Shortnose sturgeon were originally listed as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on March 11, 1967 Read More . . .

Shortnose sturgeon are an anadromous bony fish that are distinguishable from other fish by five rows of bony scutes along the length of their body, a protrusible mouth, and heterocercal tail. They are slow growing and late maturing and have been recorded to reach ages up to 67 years. The shortnose sturgeon is the smallest of the three sturgeon species occurring in eastern North America, and typically do not exceed lengths of 4.7 feet (1.4m). Shortnose sturgeon can be found in major rivers, estuaries, bays and coastal waters along the eastern seaboard of the United States.

Shortnose sturgeon are listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as an endangered species throughout their range in the United States.

Shortnose SturgeonShortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum).  Photo credit: UMaine

Some ESA Protections for the Endangered Shortnose Sturgeon Include:

Further Information on Shortnose Sturgeon:

Sturgeon Information Sheet
ESA and Recovery
Sturgeon Salvage Network
Sturgeon Workshop
Related Links

What’s New:

Final Report on the impacts of common endocrine disrupting compounds on Atlantic salmon and Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon