Wild Hudson – Hudson River Dinosaurs (The Sturgeon – Part 4)

In the murky waters of the Hudson River live a vast array of aquatic wildlife.  The prehistoric Atlantic (and Shortnose) Sturgeon are of the most intriguing. The Atlantic Sturgeon is equiped with bony plates (instead of scales) and may grow over 14 feet long and over 800 pounds. At one time Sturgeon was commercially fished in the Hudson.  Fisherman went for the Sturgeon for their eggs for caviar and “Albany Beef” (which their smoked meat was affectionately called).  Due to overfishing the sturgeon populations were depleated and now fishing for sturgeon is prohibited in all Atlantic Coast states.  The Sturgeon populations have grown in the past years and are being monitored by the efforts of the NYSDEC.

Have no fear swimmers!  These gental prehistoric giants are bottom feeders, feeding on invertebrates, insects, crustaceans, mollusks, and snails.  They can be found in all water depths of the river, however they spend most of their time in the main channels of the river and estuary.

Keep an eye out when you are out on the river, as some have been spotted jumping out of the water to catch an insect or two.

Check out the July 2007 of Boating on the Hudson Magazine about the NYSDEC (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation) Monitoring efforts of the Atlantic Sturgeon in the Hudson River (Page 42)  http://www.boatingonthehudson.com/past-issues/book/4-july-2007/1-2007

NYSDEC’s website about the Atlantic Sturgeon: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/37121.html and here: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/66626.html

Wikipedia Link on the entire Sturgeon Species: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sturgeon

 

 

Check out the July 2007 of Boating on the Hudson Magazine about the NYSDEC (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation) Monitoring efforts of the Atlantic Sturgeon in the Hudson River (Page 42)  http://www.boatingonthehudson.com/past-issues/book/4-july-2007/1-2007