Atlantic sturgeon

The Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus) is a member of the Acipenseridae family and is among one of the oldest fish species in the world. Its range extends from New Brunswick, Canada to the eastern coast of Florida. More

Atlantic sturgeon males mature at a length of 4 feet and 12 years old; females, at 6 feet and 18 years old. Females may release as many as 2 million eggs during spawning over a rubble bottom in running water more than 10 feet deep. More

Atlantic Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrhynchus)(picture) are one of 26 species of sturgeon. More

Historically, Atlantic sturgeon were of significant commercial importance on the East Coast being harvested primarily for their highly prized roe or caviar. More

The Atlantic sturgeon is a large species that often grows to over 10 ft (3 m) long. Individuals are blue-black in color, with lighter shades on the sides. The head, ventral portion of the body, and fin edges are typically white. More

Age and Growth - Atlantic sturgeon have been known to reach 14 feet in length, weigh over 800 pounds and live for at least 60 years. Sporting Qualities - Primarily taken by snagging they are now protected. More

Since colonial times, Atlantic sturgeon have supported commercial fisheries of varying magnitude. In the late 1800s, they were second only to lobster among important fisheries, with landings estimated at seven million pounds per year just prior to the turn of the century. More

The Atlantic sturgeon is an ancient-looking fish with a brown, tan or bluish-black body and a grayish-white belly. Adults have: * Five rows of bony plates, called scutes, covering the head and body. More

Atlantic sturgeon retention in 1999. However, the decline of the species has continued and requires further litigation towards its protection. Biology and Ecology: The Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus) inhabits shallow brackish waters along the continental shelf. More

Atlantic Sturgeon Illustration Copyright More

anterior to the anal fin, the Atlantic sturgeon has two rows of smaller bony plates in that position. More

The largest of New York's sturgeons, Atlantic sturgeon in the Hudson River occasionally reach over 200 pounds in weight and six to eight feet in length. Individuals up to 14 feet long and 800 pounds have been recorded from New Brunswick, Canada. More

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By 1928, Atlantic sturgeon were rarely caught north of the Potomac River (Merritt 1992). Maryland closed the fishery for sturgeon in 1996. More

Atlantic sturgeon has been known to grow to a record 16 feet (4.9 meters) and weigh as much as 811 lbs (368 kg). Wild Atlantic sturgeon is listed as a candidate for endangered or threatened status. More

Telemetry research on juvenile Atlantic sturgeon in Delaware River aims to put a Prehistoric species Back on track for recovery Fisheries biologists remove an Atlantic sturgeon from the gill net they are tending in the lower Delaware River. More

The Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrhynchus) is one of two sturgeon species in the Connecticut River; the other is the shortnose sturgeon. The Atlantic sturgeon looks similar to the shortnose sturgeon, but has a longer snout and is much, much larger. More

My first meeting with the Atlantic Sturgeon was on the Kennebec River in Augusta Maine. I had waded out into the river to cast a fly to a school of frenzied striped bass which were driving blue back herring up to the surface. More

Spawning Atlantic Sturgeon migrate up the Kennebec River in June and July of each year. These fish are five to seven feet long and love to leap completely out of the water during their spawning migration. More

about the history and current situation of Atlantic sturgeon in the Delaware Bayshore region prior to submitting their posters. Janaia Brown (grade 7) won 2nd place and Steven Muller (grade 8) won third. All entries are posted online at our Atlantic Sturgeon Poster Gallery. More

harvest was established for Atlantic sturgeon in 1997. Current estimates for the Chesapeake Bay suggest that the shortnose population is extirpated or too low to sustain a viable population. More

(a subspecies of Atlantic sturgeon) have a V-shaped snout with two pairs of barbels and two rows of plates in front of the vent. The back is typically blue black with a white or cream colored belly. More

Tagging studies indicate that Atlantic sturgeon migrate extensively in the marine environment; fish tagged in the Hudson and Delaware Rivers have been recaptured as far north as coastal Maine and south to North Carolina. More

atlantic sturgeon and shortnose sturgeon Atlantic sturgeon (bottom) and shortnose sturgeon (top) (Acipenser brevirostrum and Acipenser oxyrinchus) Photo: Doug Cooke, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Did You Know? More

The Atlantic sturgeon is a member of the Acipenseridae family and is among one of the oldest fish species in the world. More

Common names

Gulf sturgeon in English

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Order : Acipenseriformes
Family : Acipenseridae
Genus : Acipenser
Species : Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus
Authority : Mitchill, 1815