You may be wondering what happened to the juvenile sturgeon that you released in October of 2006, 2007 or 2008. Scientists on the Technical Working Group continually work on fish sampling surveys to see if they can locate any of the fish that have been released at Save our Sturgeon events since 2006. Sometimes tagged fish are located within a couple of months of their release, or they may be encountered during juvenile sampling programs conducted every year on the Nechako River. When a fish is located, the date and location of the capture is recorded along with measurements of weight and length. It is also scanned for the passive integrated transponder (PIT tag) embedded just beneath its skin. It is this tag number that you were given at the release event you attended.
Remember, these fish are very small and not always so easy to find - your sturgeon is at the very beginning of a long life and the Nechako watershed is a big place! But if you are patient, you may one day find information on the fish that you helped release back into the river.
To see if your fish has been captured by white sturgeon biologists, enter your PIT tag number here:
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