Juvenile White Sturgeon Telemetry

Project Details


Katzie Guardianshop Program & Katzie Development Limited Partnerships, Fraser Valley Angling Guides Association


Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation

Additional Support From

Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation Laboratory of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Province of British Columbia

Time Frame

2021 to 2026


Pitt River Watershed, BC.

Key Services

Acoustic and PIT telemetry, fish population assessment and analysis

Project Overview

Our goal is to identify critical habitats for juvenile White Sturgeon in the Pitt River watershed to support management and recovery. We use robust acoustic and passive integrated transponder (PIT) telemetry methods to tag and monitor, free-living juvenile sturgeon (< 100 cm), to address uncertainties regarding the migration behaviour and habitat use of this key life stage.

Focused research completed in the Pitt River watershed across a variety of intact and altered habitat types will help discern habitat use preferences and identify critical rearing and overwintering habitats. This study will provide appropriately scaled data to develop and justify habitat protections and restoration initiatives that will be key for White Sturgeon recovery.

Actions that target juvenile sturgeon are expected to have the greatest benefit on population growth. Moreover, future habitat restoration initiatives within the Pitt River watershed can provide real, long-term benefits not only for sturgeon, but also for other native fish and wildlife.
The project team actively communicates with Katzie First Nation (Q̓ic̓əy̓), whose territory encompasses the Pitt River watershed, to provide updates and adjust the program to support the interests of Q̓ic̓əy̓.

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