ISS8 to take place in Vienna 2017

As announced during ISS7 in Nanaimo, Canada, the 8th ISS is to take place in Vienna, Europe in September 2017 at the BOKU, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences. The conference is planned by the hosting organizations BOKU and IGb as a joint European team effort under the thematic umbrella “150 years of decline – how to turn the trend?” Vienna is located in the heart of Europe and is regarded one of the most beautiful historic capital...

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World Fish Migration Day 2014 (WFMD)

Connecting Fish, Rivers and People "World Fish Migration Day 2014 (WFMD) is a one day global initiative, with local events worldwide, to create awareness on the importance of open rivers and migratory fish. WFMD is held to improve the publics’ understanding of the importance of open rivers and migratory fish and their needs. Free migration for fish is crucial to achieve healthy fish stocks. While most fish are migratory to some degree, some spe...

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Joint project DNR (WDNR) and the MITW

Good morning Winnebago Sturgeon Enthusiasts:You may be aware of a joint project between the Wisconsin DNR (WDNR) and the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin (MITW) to restore lake sturgeon to the Menominee Indian Reservation.  If you are not, the short version of the project is that before the construction of the Shawano Dam in 1892, sturgeon were able to migrate upstream to the Menominee Indian Reservation to utilize the ideal spawning habitat b...

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WSCS and NASPS affiliation

At Deep Bay, Nanaimo, Canada, on July 23, WSCS (World Sturgeon Conservation Society) and NASPS (North American Sturgeon and Paddlefish Society) approved an Affiliation agreement. “Thank you all for your constructive and improvement-oriented participation – over time – in developing, promoting and finally completing the affiliation process, thereby serving the  goals and objectives of WSCS and its affiliates. I believe that the somewhat long incu...

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2013 Winnebago Lakes Sturgeon Spearing Season - Season Synopsis, 12.03.2013

Spearers awaited the 2013 sturgeon spear fishery with great anticipation of the chance to harvest a potential record breaking fish. The number of sturgeon in the population has been increasing over the last 25+ years and recent harvests contained high percentages of "trophy" sized fish. In fact, 7 of the top 10 fish on record had been harvested in the past three seasons (2010-2012). The increase in adult population abundance and over-all size of ...

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Opening of the Winnebago Sturgeon Spearing - Saturday February 9, 2013

Sturgeon spearing traditions were renewed over the last few days, as the 2013 Sturgeon Spear Fishery on the Winnebago System got underway. Opening day was one of mixed results, and for the most part went as predicted. Due to less than ideal ice conditions on Lake Winnebago and poor water clarity, the total harvest from Lake Winnebago was low with a total of 39 sturgeon being harvested. Spearers on the Upriver Lakes were much more successful, harv...

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CITES published the actualized sturgeon and caviar quotas for 2011 - 2012

On November 15th, CITES presented the revised quotas for March 1st, 2011 through February 29th, 2012. No quotas were issued for wild fish and products of wild fish while quotas were provided only for fertilized eggs (Romania), as well as caviar and meat (Iran) of farmed origin. Read more: PDF

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Final phase of preparations on the ISS 7 in Nanaimo, July 21-25th 2013

The International Symposia on Sturgeons (ISS) are held at four-year intervals to provide a global platform to assess the progress made in both conservation and aquaculture but also to discuss and develop science-based recommendations that serve as guiding principles for future research and management measures. The upcoming 7th ISS is taking place from July 21- 25, 2013, co-hosted by Vancouver Island University (VIU) and the City of Nanaimo, Canad...

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Record breaking sturgeon spawning season in Wisconsin

Wisconsin's sturgeon spawning season in the Lake Winnebago, Fox, and Wolf River system heads towards new all time highs. Latest counts indicate the population to be still increasing and extremely large fish showing up. Between March 17th and April 17th repeated spawning events of Lake sturgeon (A. fulvescens have been reported by Wisconsin DNR teams. The ultimate achievement for this year is the first reproduction of lake sturgeon in the river se...

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Winnebago Sturgeon Spearing Seasons opened Saturday February 11

Opening day of the 2012 sturgeon spearing system on the Winnebago Lakes lived-up very close to pre-season expectations: Significantly reduced numbers of spearers on Lake Winnebago and fair water quality resulted in a modern record low harvest for an opening day on the big lake with 39 fish, while close to normal effort and clear water resulted in a higher than average opening day harvest of 171 fish from the Upriver Lakes lottery fishery. The re...

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Traffic Report on illegal caviar trade in Bulgaria and Romania

A new report by the international wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC was launched by the WWF in BUDAPEST, Hungary, November 15, 2011. Persistent illegal trade in caviar involving Bulgaria and Romania is undermining the survival of the endangered sturgeons in the Danube River Basin. The report lists a total of 14 seizures of illegal caviar originating from Bulgaria (27.5 kg in five seizures) and Romania (25 kg in nine seizures) reported by ...

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VIU Centre for Sturgeon Studies to open October 3rd

After accommodating about 120 sturgeon researchers in July this summer (4th WSCS-NAC sturgeon Conference, WSCS Board meeting and General Assembly), Vancouver Island University is envisaging the next sturgeon event sincce the Centre for Sturgeon Studies is about to be opened by October 3rd 2011. The 1,208-square-metre facility will provide the new home for staff and students from the biology and the fisheries and aquaculture departments as well as...

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Second announcement for the 7th International Sturgeon Symposium presented

July 23rd the updated and expanded second announcement for the International Sturgeon Symposium to be held in Nanaimo, Canada July 21-25, 2013 has been presented by Vancouver Island University and WSCS with their partners. The program is presented in detail and registration, abstract submission, workshops, Discussion Forums, side events, as well as the hosting city and its premises are introduced. Submission deadline for abstracts is April 25th...

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North American Chapter of WSCS is hosting its 4th annual meeting

WSCS NAC is having its 4th annual meeting at the International Center for Sturgeon Studies, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada from July 11-14, 2011 with the conference focusing on "Sturgeon Recovery and Management" since efforts to manage, preserve and to restore these species have increased substantially in the last 30 years. In North America some of the healthiest populations still remain, and some of the longest ru...

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2011 Winnebago Lakes Sturgeon Spearing Season? Season Synopsis

The 2011 season went into the books as the 4th 16 day season since we began the harvest cap system in 1999. The others were 2002, 2006, and 2007. Under current rule the season lasts until we hit one of the harvest cap closure triggers or 16 days, whichever comes first. The average season length under the harvest cap system since we went to the 6 hour spearing day (6:30 AM to 12:30 PM) in 2005 is 11 days. The shortest season since 2005 was a 4 day...

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2010 sturgeon spawning run has begun on the Wolf River

Dear Winnebago Sturgeon Enthusiasts: The 2010 sturgeon spawning run has begun on the Wolf River. A handful of females have been spawning with their harems of males along the Wolf River Trail on County Highway X west of New London for a few days now, but the remaining 3000 or so females in the river that need to spawn yet have been waiting for the water temperatures to get a little higher. The wait appears to be over as a large number of fish mov...

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Winnebago Sturgeon Harvest Report Wednesday, February 17th

The 2010 sturgeon spearing seasons on both the Upriver Lakes and Lake Winnebago will end tomorrow, Thursday February 18th, 2010, at 12:30 PM. Total of 179 fish registered today including 7 fish larger than 100 pounds. Ninety percent harvest closure triggers were hit today on both Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes. Totals for the day: Lake Winnebago: 26 juvenile females; 64 adult females; 69 males; TOTAL of 159Upriver Lakes: 1 juvenile female...

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Winnebago Sturgeon Harvest Report Sunday, February 14th

Somewhat slower harvest pace today on both Lake Winnebago and the Upriver Lakes, which typically happens the day after all the excitement following opening day. Total of 656 fish registered today with, again, a nice bevy of 17 fish larger than 100 pounds. The number of spearing shanties dropped very little lake wide though from 4033 shacks on Lake Winnebago yesterday to 4009 today and 490 on the Upriver Lakes yesterday to 469 today. Many spearers...

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Record lake sturgeon catch from Lake Winnebago weighing 212.2 lb (96.3 kg)

More on the new record fish - "If this fish could only talk" The 212.2 lb (96.3 kg), 84.2 in (214 cm) record fish harvested yesterday was a record not only for Lake Winnebago, but also a new sturgeon spearing record for Wisconsin. The previous record sturgeon taken by spear in the state was a 195 pound fish harvested on May 20, 1979 from Pokegama Lake in Vilas County on the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation. Although we have not yet aged this f...

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Winnebago Sturgeon Harvest Report for Saturday, February 13th

A record smashing day on Lake Winnebago today for the start of the 2010 sturgeon spearing season. We have been handling fish in our spring spawning surveys in excess of 200 pounds for several years now, and finally one of these large super-trophies has shown up in the spear harvest. Ron Grishaber of Appleton registered a 212.2 pound, 84.2" sturgeon this morning at our Harrison Registration Station, west of the village of Sherwood. Also a record ...

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