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The ESA and Recovery of Atlantic Sturgeon

Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus).  Photo credit: Edith Carson (NOAA)

2013 - Stock Assessment Initiated by ASMFC

In 2013, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) initiated a stock assessment for Atlantic sturgeon. The assessment is expected to be completed in 2017.  Click Here for more information.

June 10, 2011 - NOAA Fisheries Service Proposed Protective Regulations for the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment of Atlantic Sturgeon

October 6, 2010 - NOAA Fisheries Service proposed to list five populations of Atlantic sturgeon under the Endangered Species Act.The Gulf of Maine population is proposed for listing as threatened, and endangered status is proposed for the Chesapeake Bay, New York Bight, Carolina, and South Atlantic populations. NOAA's Fisheries Service is accepting comments on the proposed listing through February 3, 2011.

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International Protections

If you have questions about Atlantic sturgeon conservation and management please contact Lynn Lankshear (Atlantic Sturgeon Recovery Coordinator for the Greater Atlantic Region), or 978-282-8473.


Background on Atlantic Sturgeon in the United States

In 1990, a 20-40 year moratorium on all Atlantic sturgeon fisheries was issued by ASMFC. NOAA Fisheries Service then closed the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to Atlantic sturgeon take in 1999. Following these actions and a workshop held in 2003 on Atlantic sturgeon, NOAA Fisheries Service initiated a second review of the status of Atlantic sturgeon. In 2007, A Status Review Team (SRT) consisting of Federal biologists from NOAA Fisheries Service, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) completed a Status Review of Atlantic sturgeon (Status Review for Atlantic Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus) in the United States.

Peer Review Comments on the 2007 Status Review: