Catching 100-year-old sturgeon on the Canadian River

USA A group of fishermen in British Columbia caught a giant white sturgeon more than 3 meters long and estimated to be at least 100 years old with the help of sonar equipment.

The fishermen took pictures with the hundred-year-old sturgeon.  Photo: River Monster Adventures

The fishermen took pictures with the hundred-year-old sturgeon. Photo: River Monster Adventures

A group of fishermen Steve Ecklund and Mark Boise caught a giant sturgeon fishing near Lillooet, British Columbia, with guides from River Monster Adventures, Nick McCabe and Tyler Speed, on June 19. Because the sturgeon struggled violently, it took the fishermen 2 hours to get it on the boat.

The white sturgeon is the largest freshwater fish in North America, growing up to 4.3 m long and weighing 680 kg. According to the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society, white sturgeon can live for more than 150 years. This sturgeon has not been tagged, leading River Monster Adventures to suspect this may be the first time it has been caught. Ecklund said the sturgeon was 307 centimeters long and had a waist circumference of 145 centimeters.

Guides probe the river with sonar equipment for sturgeon. After catching the fish and taking pictures, they released the giant fish back into the river that has been regulated in British Columbia for the past 25 years. While sturgeon can lay up to 3 million eggs per spawning season, sturgeon only lays once every few years, meaning they can’t quickly recover from current threats.

Sturgeon populations are declining in many parts of British Columbia and other habitats such as California, USA due to environmental destruction and reduced food supplies. Sturgeon poaching has become a big problem because sturgeon eggs are very valuable on the black market. In 2003, the Endangered Wildlife Ratings Council of Canada classified sturgeon as endangered.

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