Wildlife Service Has Plan to Save Ala. Sturgeon

Wildlife Service Has Plan to Save Ala. Sturgeon

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. -

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a plan to build up the population of the Alabama Sturgeon, one of the rarest fish in America.

Fish and wildlife officials say an Alabama Sturgeon was last captured in 2007.

Fish and Wildlife officials say the purpose of the new plan is to build up the population of the fish to the point that it no longer needs to be protected by the Endangered Species Act.

The Alabama Sturgeon has been listed as endangered since 2000 due to over-fishing and the loss of habitat in south Alabama rivers.

Officials say the goal is to prevent extinction of the fish by establishing a captive stock of Alabama Sturgeon and to produce fingerlings to augment the population in some areas.

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