Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Idaho
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Idaho Project

Evaluation of white sturgeon monitoring practices

May 2016 - December 2022


Participating Agencies

  • Idaho Department of Fish and Game 
  • Idaho Coop Fish & Wildlife Research Unit
  • Idaho Department of Fish and Game
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Idaho Department of Fish & Game

White Sturgeon is an important species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River basin. Unfortunately, little is known about their population ecology and whether current monitoring metrics are adequate for evaluating management and conservation success. We are working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to evaluate White Sturgeon populations in the basin. Results of this research will examine whether current conservation targets are reasonable and whether monitoring efforts are providing data that are adequate for tracking changes in the population dynamics of White Sturgeon.