Sturgeon, Atlantic and shortnose






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  • License Required
    Shortnose and Atlantic sturgeon are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Under the ESA, it is illegal, to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect these animals.

  • Additional Notes
    If you catch a sturgeon, keep the fish in the water while you remove the hook or, if the hook is deep, cut the line as close to the hook as possible. Removing the fish from the water, including for taking pictures, is strictly prohibited. For more information, visit NOAA Fisheries Service at NOAA Fisheries Atlantic Sturgeon.

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