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Maryland, Delaware Scientists Get Federal Funding for Atlantic Sturgeon Research

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) have announced more than $200,000 in federal funding for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to study Nanticoke River Atlantic sturgeon.

The funding, awarded through the National Ocean and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) Fisheries’ Species Recovery Grant Program, will develop new ways to estimate the spawning run size of the Atlantic sturgeon. It is a joint project with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

The Atlantic sturgeon were thought to have all but disappeared from Maryland waters due to overfishing and habitat loss, until biologists in Maryland and Delaware recently found adult sturgeon in the Nanticoke River and its streams for the first time in 40 years. 

“Finding a balance between commercial and recreational activity and protecting local wildlife is critical to a healthy and thriving Chesapeake Bay. We are lucky to have a second chance to work toward rebuilding the Atlantic sturgeon population,” said Senator Cardin said in a media release. “I am proud of the efforts of Maryland scientists in this research and pleased that these federal funds will help them to do their jobs.”

NOAA, which is headquartered in Silver Spring, MD, is a scientific agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce that focuses on the conditions of the oceans, major waterways, and the atmosphere. Its Species Recovery Grants Program is a long-standing, successful grant program that supports high-priority recovery actions for listed species.

 

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