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Sturgeon Recovery Introduction
- The number of sturgeon in the SRSMB area is much lower now than historically.
- This has been due primarily to a combination of habitat loss and historical over-harvest.
- The population is no longer large enough to support a commercial fishery and, if it declines further, may soon fail to support the traditional uses of local Aboriginal people.
- A recovery program can stop the population decline by:
- Decreasing mortality (the number of fish that die) by voluntarily reducing harvest.
- Increasing recruitment (the number of new fish each year) by stocking and by allowing the number of spawners to increase through voluntarily reducing harvest.
- Protecting and enhancing habitat, such as the quantity and quality of water.
- The SRSMB is undertaking a recovery program consisting of several components including population monitoring, population enhancement, habitat assessment, habitat use studies, and public education.