Shortnose Sturgeon

Species Name: Acipenser brevirostrum

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Species Distribution in Massachusetts


Federal Rank: Endangered

Massachusetts State Rank: Endangered

Habitat Description

Amphidromous (breed in freshwater but enter saltwater habitats during their life). Mostly riverine in Massachusetts, but are present in estuaries and the coast during the winter. Rivers are typically fast-flowing and rocky, with areas with aquatic vegetation to feed.

Threats to Survival

Habitat degradation or loss and mortality are the main threats which can be manifested through damns, bridge construction, channel dredging and pollution.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Limit the amount of habitat loss that occurs and use intensive management to encourage breeding.