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FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE TO STOCK STURGEON IN SUWANNEE RIVER

 ATLANTA, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of threatened Gulf sturgeon will be released into the Suwannee River today and tomorrow as part of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study to determine sturgeon survival and growth rates of fish released into various habitats.
 Nearly 800 artificially spawned 8-month-old sturgeon will be released, according to Dr. James Clugston, director of the Anadramous and Estuarine Program at the National Fisheries Research Center in Gainesville, Fla.
 The Gulf sturgeon was listed as a threatened species in October 1991.
 The stocking is the result of four years of cooperative artificial spawning work initiated by the service's Fisheries Assistance Office in Panama City, Fla., in collaboration with the Caribbean Conservation Corporation and the University of Florida.
 The 800 fish to be stocked were raised at the Welaka National Fish Hatchery in Welaka, Fla. Half will be released Tuesday, Dec. 15, in the Suwannee River north of Dowling Park, Fla. The remaining 400 will be released Wednesday, Dec. 16, at four sites along the southern stretch of the river, from Suwannee to Fanning Springs, Fla. The Suwannee River supports the largest and possibly only viable spawning population of Gulf sturgeon in the coastal rivers of the Gulf of Mexico. This 250- mile-long river is undammed and relatively undeveloped and unpolluted.
 There is adequate reproduction of Gulf sturgeon in the Suwannee, according to Clugston; therefore, this stocking is not intended to enhance that population. Instead, service biologists will estimate survival and growth rates of these fish to determine where and when to stock sturgeon in other coastal rivers where populations are reduced or have been eliminated.
 The National Fisheries Research Center has ongoing studies to determine spawning requirements, food preferences, growth rates, movement and seasonal abundance of Gulf sturgeon in the Suwannee River. This study will further their knowledge of sturgeon.
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 /CONTACT: Vicki M. Boatwright of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 404-331-3594/


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