help save the nechako white sturgeon

Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative (NWSRI)

Dwelling in deep pools of the Nechako River is a survivor from the age of the dinosaurs - the Nechako white sturgeon. This mysterious creature is the largest freshwater fish in Canada, and has existed relatively unchanged for millions of years – surviving volcanic eruptions, ice ages and climatic upheavals. But the Nechako white sturgeon is now swimming in a current of change that is taking it to the very brink of extinction. It is ranked as Critically Imperiled by the British Columbia Conservation Data Centre and is an Endangered Species according to the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).

In the last 50 years, the Nechako white sturgeon population has dropped from what some scientists believe was a minimum of 5000 fish to less than 300. And the vast majority of those fish are more than 40 years old. The lack of younger fish means that sturgeon are either not reproducing successfully or that the young are not surviving to adulthood. As sturgeon do not begin spawning until they are 20 to 40 years old, the lack of young sturgeon in the Nechako means that an entire generation is already missing.

But it is not too late! With your help, and the help of other concerned citizens, organizations and governments, the Nechako white sturgeon can be saved.


NEW!! - Job Posting through Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC...

FFSCB is seeking seasonal Tour Guide and Hatchery Assistants (Fish and Wildlife Assistant 6), as well as seasonal Junior Research and Fish Culture Technicians (Scientific Technical Officer 11). These opportunities have been made possible through funding generously provided by Rio Tinto through their Donations and Sponsorships Program, and funding is dedicated for a program to increase opportunities for those interested in career paths in the fields of fisheries, fish culture or teaching. 

Click here to go to the FFSBC job opportunities page. 




The 2017 Nechako White Sturgeon Juvenile Release Event is coming in May. Check back here for updates about this event as we get closer to May. 


WINTER TOUR TIMES - Thursday at 2 PM.  We hope to see you there!

School Tours - If you would like to book a tour for your classroom, please email us at and we will do our best to accomodate your class. 


Read More About Nechako White Sturgeon in the News.  To read and/or listen to new stories on the Conservation Centre or other NWSRI initiatives please visit our News page. 

The Species at Risk Act Recovery Strategy for White Sturgeon in Canada has been released.  Visit our Recovery Plan page to download the strategy. 

Every Sturgeon Counts!  Learn about our Emergency Sturgeon Live Release Boat Kit Program.

For more information on any of our programs please visit the individual web page tab. 


CONGRATULATIONS!! On January 31st 2008, at the regional Premier's Awards in Prince George, the NWSRI won a Silver Award in recognition of our our teamwork and success in promoting white sturgeon stewardship and work towards recovery of the population.

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