The North American Sturgeon and Paddlefish Society (NASPS) was founded in 2012 at the annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society in St. Paul, MN and is the North American affiliate of the World Sturgeon Conservation Society (WSCS). Seeking to address current declines in sturgeon and paddlefish populations across North America, NASPS is dedicated to promoting the conservation and restoration of these species by developing and advancing research pertaining to their biology, management, and utilization. Distributing scientific, cultural, and historical information related to sturgeon and paddlefish in North America and encouraging the inclusion of sturgeon and paddlefish fisheries science in college and continuing education curricula is critical to achieving these objectives. As such, NASPS recognizes the importance of engaging NASPS members, local, national, and international government organizations, educational institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and the general public through publications, professional meetings, and community events.
The objectives of the Society are:
1) to foster the conservation of sturgeon species and restoration of sturgeon stocks in North America,
2) to support the information exchange among all persons interested in sturgeons,
3) to promote information exchange with national, regional, international, inter-governmental organizations, educational institutions (e.g. university and scientific institutes) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs),
4) to foster and support interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research on all aspects of sturgeons (e.g. biology, management and utilization of sturgeons),
5) to enhance the co-operation between and among anglers, fishermen, scientists, governmental agencies, local communities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international organizations,
6) to inform the public on all aspects of the status and biology of sturgeons, requirements for their effective species protection, and needs for appropriate management, and
7) to collaborate closely with the WSCS to help meet their goals and objectives, including organization and participation in international symposia.