the initiative

For more than a century, the upper Columbia River white sturgeon has been swimming against the currents of change. Once abundant, the white sturgeon has suffered a serious decline in numbers due to environmental impacts. Now, the Upper Columbia White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative (UCWSRI), a coalition of Canadian and American stakeholders, is engaged in an effort to bring this ancient fish back from the brink.

find your sturgeon

We have an extensive database of sturgeon capture data around the upper Columbia river in BC. If you have a 15 digit PIT tag for your sturgeon, please enter it here, and the data for your sturgeon will be displayed if available. Don't have a PIT tag?

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use our sturgeon

We have some default tags for you to use, if you want to track a sturgeon, or you just have forgotten yours. These are all actual sturgeon.

upcoming events

The UCWSRI began in 2000 with an agreement signed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, BC Environment, BC Fisheries and BC Hydro. The Initiative brings the combined interests of government, aboriginal, industry, environmental groups, and others to the challenge of building a future for the white sturgeon in the upper Columbia River in British Columbia and across the border in the United States.

In B.C., recent estimates put this sturgeon population at approximately 1,000 wild fish. From the Canada-U.S. border to the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington State, an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 white sturgeon reside. The causes for decline are not fully understood. However, in the last 125 years, human development, construction of hydroelectric dams, water quality changes from contaminants, changes in flow patterns, as well as the introduction of exotic species and harvesting may have led to its decline. The majority of white sturgeon are more than 30 years old, suggesting a population of aging fish with relatively few young to replace the old. It is hoped that through a commitment to water management, habitat restoration and conservation, the upper Columbia white sturgeon will recover to healthy, self-sustaining numbers.

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