juvenile white sturgeon

About Nechako White Sturgeon

Dwelling in the waters of Nechako River watershed is a survivor from the age of the dinosaurs – White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus). This magnificent animal is the largest freshwater fish in Canada, and has existed relatively unchanged for millions of years.


In Vanderhoof and want to learn more?

Tours at the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre happen DAILY at 2pm starting June 1. Click the link to also learn about the new Learn to Fish Program hosted by Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. Although not about sturgeon, it is located at the hatchery and is a fun way to spend an afternoon.


Sturgeon Mortality App

If you see a dead sturgeon, please report it on this simple online form. This helps the NWSRI team learn more about sturgeon mortalities.


Classroom Resources and More

Are you an educator or student and looking for information on sturgeon? 
Check out the Education section of this website to download resources, watch videos, link to school sturgeon calendar and more!


Where is my fish?

Since 2006, tagged juvenile sturgeon have been released annually into the Nechako River through the fish culture program, which is one of the recovery initiatives for the endangered Nechako white sturgeon. During this whole time, students have helped release sturgeon into the river through the annual release event. Each fish released by a student or class is named, and can be found by searching the Where is My Fish? database.


How Can I Get Involved?

The first phase in restoring the Nechako white sturgeon to a healthy, vibrant population is to prevent further decline. Every remaining Nechako sturgeon is vitally important for rebuilding the population! While complete recovery will take the combined efforts of many interested groups, such as governments, industries and First Nations, there are steps that you can take right now!

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