Learn about the life history of sturgeon and what is being done to protect and manage these endangered fish at Ferry Sloops' Fall Lecture Series. NYSDEC Fisheries Biologist, Amanda Higgs, will present on the two species of sturgeon that have inhabited the Hudson River since the time of the dinosaurs.
Join us on Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30pm in the clubhouse at Shattemuc Yacht Club. Admission is FREE and open to the public.
Atlantic sturgeon is one of the largest and longest-lived anadromous fish in North America. They are born in fresh water, but spend majority of their lives in the ocean, returning to fresh water only to spawn. In New York, mature males immigrate into the Hudson River in early spring, and females follow approximately one month later. After spawning, the adults return to the Atlantic Ocean while juvenile sturgeon remain in the estuary for two to six years before moving to the ocean to mature.
Atlantic sturgeon were once referred to as "Albany beef" as they were a common source of protein throughout the Hudson Valley. Unfortunately, due to overfishing their populations collapsed and have been slow to recover.
Even though the Atlantic sturgeon is no longer fished, and possession is illegal, they are still vulnerable to many threats such as climate change, environmental events, and a variety of human activities that result in population impacts.
Come with a dish to share at 6:30PM and enjoy a potluck dinner or arrive a little before 7:30PM for the presentation. No reservations needed (seating will be first-come, first-served).