Population Monitoring Introduction

  • The first step toward recovery is understanding the size of the sturgeon population in the SRSMB area and whether it is stable, increasing or decreasing.
  • To do this members of the SRSMB have undertaken an annual index fishing program between E.B. Campbell Dam in Saskatchewan and The Pas in Manitoba since 1994 to monitor the number of sturgeon in the Saskatchewan River.
  • The program has been delivered by experienced commercial fishermen in both Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
  • The number of tagged and recaptured sturgeon provides an estimate of the sturgeon population in the river.