Program Development

Workers in Saskatchewan caught and tagged mature sturgeon during the spawning season. Some were held to watch for eggs or spawning activity, but with little success.
New techniques allowed successful collection and fertilization of eggs from sturgeon captured at Bigstone Rapids. The eggs were flown to the Grand Rapids Hatchery for hatching and rearing.
Genetic testing showed sturgeon were genetically similar from The Forks in Saskatchewan to Grand Rapids in Manitoba, but differed from populations in other rivers around Lake Winnipeg.
Eggs were gathered annually from sturgeon captured at Nipawin and were taken to the hatchery at Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan.