The lake sturgeon recovery program's mission is to improve populations of a state-endangered species, and increase the sturgeon’s numbers sufficiently to provide a unique sport fishing opportunity to Missouri anglers. Download this document to learn more.
MDC Fisheries Management Biologist Travis Moore removes a scute (a hard, scale-like plate) from a lake sturgeon raised at MDC's Lost Valley Hatchery. Removing a specific scute helps staff determine the origin of the fish if caught later. The fish also received tiny magnetic wire tags to also help researchers catching the fish in the future know its origins.
Similar to shovelnose sturgeon, but with a longer and more pointed snout. Bases of the inner barbels are weakly fringed, and the base of an inner barbel is less than half the width of the base of an outer barbel.
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