In 2006, Columbia River White Sturgeon in Canada were listed as endangered under the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA). White Sturgeon were originally designated as vulnerable in 1990 by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). The Columbia River population in British Columbia was assigned to the provincial Red List in 1993 based on a B. C. Conservation Data Centre (CDC) status review that described the species as “critically imperilled.” Sport fishing harvest of white sturgeon in the Canadian section of the upper Columbia River was banned in 1994. First Nations people also voluntarily stopped their sustenance harvests on this population of white sturgeon.
In the United States, the Upper Columbia River White Sturgeon population is not currently listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). Recommendations by U.S. Tribal and Washington State fish managers, in support of the Initiative, closed the US fishery for this species in the upper Columbia in the spring of 2002.
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