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Population Enhancement Introduction
- Stocking fingerlings is known to “bring back” populations that have almost disappeared.
- For over a decade the SRSMB has worked to develop a sturgeon stocking program to increase the population downstream of E.B. Campbell Dam on the Saskatchewan River.
- Each year eggs are harvested from sturgeon captured further upstream near Nipawin where spawners are more abundant and the population is genetically the same.
- The eggs are hatched and raised to fingerling size sturgeon at the hatchery at Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan.
- Fingerlings are usually stocked below E.B. Campbell Dam or Bigstone Rapids where they are needed most.
- Increasing the number of young sturgeon below E.B. Campbell should enhance the population and speed population recovery.