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Thursday, September 14, 2017
Hudson River Estuary Habitats Designated as Critical for Atlantic Sturgeon
Fisheries biologists measure an Atlantic sturgeon before releasing it back into the Hudson. NMFS Permit #20340
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), also known as NOAA Fisheries, recently announced critical habitat designations for the Atlantic sturgeon—an endangered species that spawns in the Hudson River estuary. Specific habitats within the tidal Hudson River from New York Harbor to the federal dam in Troy are among the protected areas. NOAA Fisheries selected 31 waterways throughout the Atlantic coast, from the Saint Mary's River on the Florida-Georgia line to Maine's Penobscot River, for the protective designations.

DEC's Hudson and Delaware Fisheries Unit gathers data on the migratory sturgeon to learn about seasonal fish movement, food sources, and to determine population trends.


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