Atlantic sturgeon researchers to release new information on hatchery stock

05/20/05

Preliminary results from maturity, sexing tests

Linking Chesapeake Bay's past with the present, scientists have gained new insights to aid with future Atlantic sturgeon restoration efforts. Once abundant in the Bay, sturgeon populations have been experiencing a drastic decline for nearly a century. On Monday, scientists will announce preliminary findings from recent maturity and sexing tests of several sturgeons being housed in finfish hatchery of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Horn Point Laboratory. Three sturgeons, recently captured by local waterman for the project, measured more than six feet in length.

WHAT: 2005 Atlantic Sturgeon test results released

WHO: Andrew Lazur, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Horn Point Laboratory
Steve Minkkinen, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Brian Richardson, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

WHEN: Monday, May 23, 2005
10 a.m.

WHERE: Horn Point Laboratory
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Aquaculture and Restoration Ecology Laboratory building
2020 Horn Point Road, Cambridge

INFO: Media interested in attending can contact Kirsten Frese(410) 228-9250, ext. 614

Researchers will be available for individual interviews. Interested media will also have the opportunity to film sturgeon at the laboratory, as well as have access to photographs taken during the testing.

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