Jan. 2020 Club Meeting: Atlantic Sturgeon in the Chesapeake Bay

By Larry Forte

We have a great presentation for you to kick-off 2020! Join us on Tuesday, January 14th, as we learn about Atlantic sturgeon in the Chesapeake Bay. Our guest speaker is Ashlee Horne. Ashlee is a Natural Resources Biologist with the MD DNR and she will talk to us all about sturgeon in the Chesapeake Bay.

Did you know that sturgeon are prehistoric fish that have existed for more than 120 million years? They were around when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Plus, they are the largest fish native to the Chesapeake Bay. Up until recently, I didn’t know that they could be found in the Chesapeake Bay.

Her presentation will focus on the history and life cycle of Atlantic sturgeon in the Chesapeake Bay region and what happened to make them endangered today. The presentation also discusses how Maryland Department of Natural Resources Anadromous Restoration program and its partners are currently studying the Atlantic sturgeon and some of the questions we have answered over the last five years.

In addition, her talk will cover the life history of sturgeon, historic and current uses, why they are imperiled, and current research MD DNR is conducting.

Ashlee started with the MD DNR in 2015, working in the Fishing and Boating Services unit (FBS). The Anadromous Restoration unit, part of FBS, works primarily on restoring American and Hickory shad to target tributaries. Plus, they are tasked with studying the newly discovered Atlantic sturgeon population on the Nanticoke River. Hope to see you on the 14th!