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McNary Subpopulation Status and Trends

Information and data adapted from Parker, B., T, Rien, B. James, R. Beamesderfer. 2013. Review Draft Columbia Basin White Sturgeon Planning Framework. Portland, Or.

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The McNary subpopulation consists of older fish and overall is of a very low abundance, as recruitment is poor. In 2011, the abundance of white sturgeon greater than 24 inches was estimated at 5,769 (0.13 white sturgeon/acre), which was significantly less than the 1995 estimate of 8,250. Not included in the 2011 value are the estimated 3,472 hatchery-reared white sturgeon that migrated downstream from Rock Island Reservoir.

Monitoring results indicate that fish surviving beyond their first 12-months (recruitment) occurs less than 60% of the time. Data show that recruitment essentially did not occur between 2000 and 2004; however, in 2012, the age-0 density was higher than any of the previous 13 years. Managers have suggested that the increased density is likely a result of hatchery-origin fish that have migrated downstream from releases that occurred in Rock Island Reservoir.

Based on length-frequency distributions, 2,516 fish (includes hatchery-reared fish) were of a harvestable size during 2011. Through conservative regulations, 155 white sturgeon were harvested in 2011, down significantly from the 9-year average of 245.


* Monitoring did not occur during years for which data do not exist.



* Index value 0 = No recruitment
* For a description of the methods used to estimate the index value that is associated with the number of fish that survive during their first year , please visit Monitoring Method website.

Hatchery Releases

No releases


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Subpopulations for Lower Mid-Columbia Management Unit

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