Gulf Sturgeon 5-Year Review
A 5-year review is a periodic analysis of a species’ status conducted to ensure that the listing classification of a species as threatened or endangered on the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants is accurate.
Under section 4(c)(2) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), we are required to conduct a review of all listed species at least once every 5 years to assess whether the current listing status remains accurate. In 1991, the Gulf sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi) was listed as threatened under the ESA. In 2019, we initiated the 5-year review, which was conducted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries Southeast Region. We conclude that no change to the listing status of the Gulf Sturgeon is warranted at this time.