What is being done to help them?

Since 2001, a group of highly dedicated technical personnel have formed a Recovery Team to develop and lead the technical aspects of the recovery of the Nechako sturgeon. In addition, a group of representatives from communities, all levels of government, industry and individual stakeholders within the Nechako drainage have formed an Action Planning Group to support recovery efforts. Together, the Action Planning Group and the Recovery Team form the Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative.

The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council participates on both forums. Member bands of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council are working with the governments of British Columbia and Canada , as well as with non-government organizations and local community groups, to save the Nechako River white sturgeon.

Finding out what’s going on in 2004
Carrier Sekani community liaisons are conducting outreach work to First Nations Communities in the Nechako basin to inform persons about the Nechako white sturgeon conservation concern and promote harm reduction for the species in First Nations fisheries.

Biologists are catching and sampling sturgeon from the Stuart River system and measuring them, weighing them, and collecting other information such as their age and DNA. More about this…

They have fit 49 sturgeon with radio transmitters so they can track their movements. They want to know about their feeding habits, their spawning habits, and where they go to spend winter. More about this…

They are also conducting sampling for sturgeon eggs and larvae in May of 2004. More about this…

They will be sampling for juvenile sturgeon in the Nechako River in the summer of 2004. More about this…

There is ongoing work related to the establishment of a sturgeon culturing facility (hatchery) for the Nechako sturgeon. More about this…

Letting the community know
The Action Planning Group has prepared informational materials for distribution to the public. A Live White Sturgeon Display tank is set up at the Exploration Place in the Fraser Fort George Regional Museum . You will also be able to see photos and learn more about these wonderful animals.