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

North Carolina Project

Ecology and status of Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon in North and South Carolina

September 2008 - August 2013


Participating Agencies

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • South Carolina Dept of Natural Resources

The purpose of this project is to develop and test a multistage survey protocol for estimating presence or population density of sturgeon species in southeastern rivers. The initial phase will be done using a combination of side-scan sonar and DIDSON multibeam sonar.

Research Publications Publication Date
Flowers, H. J., and J. E. Hightower. 2013. A Novel Approach to Surveying Sturgeon Using Side-scan Sonar and Occupancy Modeling. Coastal and Marine Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 5:211-223. | Abstract | Download | Publisher Website September 2013