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

Oklahoma Project

Gear Efficiency and Habitat Use of Age-1 Pallid Sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus) in the Lower Missouri River

August 2024 - December 2026


Participating Agencies

  • US Army Corps of Engineers

For pallid sturgeon in the Lower Missouri River, the environmental factors that affect reproductive potential or recruitment and year-class strength are poorly understood. Additionally, the location where recruitment occurs and the rate at which it occurs is also unknown. Developing a monitoring strategy that can be implemented to effectively assesses year-class-strength of juvenile pallid sturgeon (age-1) and recruitment drivers is paramount to assessing progress towards the objective of increasing recruitment to age-1. The project is a collaboration of researchers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District and USGS, Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.The purpose of this study is to assess sampling gear efficiency and habitat use of age-1 pallid sturgeon in the Lower Missouri River. Information gleaned from this study will aid in the development of a monitoring program designed to assess recruitment of pallid sturgeon to age-1 in the Lower Missouri River.