Atlantic Sturgeon now listed as Endangered Species. You might have heard this story on NPR’s Weekend Edition this past Saturday (Feb. 4).
Now this New York Times article takes a look:
The sturgeon, in decades long past, commonly exceeded 14 feet and 800 pounds. In the late 1800s, the fish were so abundant in the Hudson River that they were stacked like logs on sloop decks and the smoked flesh gained the nickname Albany beef. But they suffered two great population crashes, first toward the end of the 19th century and again in the last years of the 20th century.
Starting in 1996, all fishing of the New York sturgeon population was stopped under a moratorium that persists today.