They’re back; Sturgeon returning to Suwannee River

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They’re back. Gulf sturgeon have begun their annual migration back into the Suwannee River.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers have reported seeing the fish jump already this year.
People have been injured in accidental collisions with the jumping sturgeon. In 2011, six boaters were hurt and 11 encounters with sturgeon were reported.
“Last season, we had quite a few people hurt, some seriously,” said Maj. Roy Brown, regional law enforcement commander for the FWC’s North Central Region, based in Lake City. “Just one person getting hurt is too many. We want people to be aware the Gulf sturgeon are returning to the Suwannee, and the risk of injury to boaters does exist.”
In 2006, FWC officials began working on a public awareness campaign to alert boaters to the risks of jumping sturgeon.
“We posted signs at each boat ramp along the Suwannee, explaining the risk of impacts with these fish,” Brown said. “Our officers will be on water patrol during this period and into the summer months in a continued effort to educate boaters about these jumping fish.”

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