Maryland gets $700K in funding to study endangered sturgeon
Sep 10, 2019 at 11:04 AM
Sturgeon, a prehistoric fish that is on the endangered species list, are believed to be spawning in the Nanticoke River. (Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun video)
A Maryland agency has been awarded more than $700,000 in federal funding to study and monitor the endangered Atlantic sturgeon.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says the money will be used over three years to continue the department's tagging and tracking of fall spawning Atlantic sturgeon in the Nanticoke River and Marshyhope Creek.
The federal grant is being provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It will help scientists in Maryland and Delaware capture the fish, collect DNA samples and implant acoustic transmitters to help track their staging, spawning and migration patterns.
Until recently, Maryland’s Atlantic sturgeon population was believed to have been decimated. In 2014, biologists discovered a fall spawning adult sturgeon population in the Nanticoke River. The appearance was the first in 40 years.
Scientists thought Atlantic sturgeon had all but vanished from Maryland waters, and efforts to revive the population failed. But there is growing evidence the endangered fish are thriving in the Nanticoke River and its tributaries. (Ulysses Muñoz / Baltimore Sun video)