Green Sturgeon

About The Species

Green sturgeon are an anadromous fish, which means they can live in both fresh and saltwater. They have a relatively complex life history that includes spawning and juvenile rearing in rivers followed by migrating to saltwater to feed, grow, and mature before returning to freshwater to spawn. They are a long-lived, slow-growing fish. They are vulnerable to many stressors and threats including blocked access to spawning grounds and habitat degradation caused by dams and culverts. The Southern distinct population segment is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

NOAA Fisheries is committed to conserving and protecting green sturgeon. Our scientists and partners use a variety of innovative techniques to study, learn more about, and protect this species.

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Status

ESA Threatened

in 1 distinct population segment

  • Southern DPS
CITES Appendix II

throughout its range

Scientific Classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Osteichthyes
Order
Acipenseriformes
Family
Acipenseridae
Genus
Acipenser
Species
smedirostris