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
Deployment of side-scan sonar in Pee Dee basin

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
Presentations Presentation Date
H. J. Flowers, and J. E. Hightower. 2009. Potential for the Use of Hydroacoustic Technologies in the Study of Sturgeons. 11th Annual Workshop on Gulf Sturgeon, Cedar Key, Florida November 2009
Flowers, H. J., and J. E. Hightower. 2011. Developing hydroacoustic methods for the study of sturgeons and other large-bodied fishes. 141th Annual Meeting, American Fisheries Society, Seattle, WA, September 4-8, 2011. September 2011
Flowers, H. J., and J. E. Hightower. 2012. A novel approach to surveying sturgeon using side-scan sonar and occupancy modeling. 142nd Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, St. Paul, Minnesota, August 19-23, 2012. August 2012