Dispersal and survival of stocked juvenile hatchery-reared Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus)

  • Andrzej Kapusta
  • Jacek Morzuch
  • Arkadiusz Duda
  • Elżbieta Bogacka-Kapusta
  • Ryszard Kolman
Keywords: reared fish, river, stocking program assessment, sturgeon, survival, telemetry


The post-stocking dispersal of juvenile Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus Mitchill) in the Wisłoka River (southern Poland) was investigated using biotelemetry. Thirty-five hatchery-reared juvenile A. oxyrinchus were tagged with radio or acoustic transmitters and tracked using mobile surveys and fixed receivers. Daily movement patterns were similar in 2009 and 2010. The sturgeon migrated with a mean speed of 1.42 km h-1 in 2009 and of 2.06 km h-1 in 2010. Migration rate was not regarded as being dependent on juvenile sturgeon size. The confirmed survival of individuals from the two field seasons differed slightly over the course of this study. Short-term survival of A. oxyrinchus was 86.7 and 90% in 2009 and 2010, respectively.


Department of Hydrobiology, Inland Fisheries Institute in Olsztyn Oczapowskiego 10, 10-719 Olsztyn, Poland
e-mail: a.kapusta@infish.com.pl
J. Morzuch
Department of Migratory Fishes, Rutki
Inland Fisheries Institute in Olsztyn, Poland
A. Duda, E. Bogacka-Kapusta, R. Kolman
Department of Ichthyology, Inland Fisheries Institute in Olsztyn, Poland