Informing Gulf Sturgeon Population Status and Trends as a Baseline to Evaluate Restoration
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; US Department of the Interior
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA
Monitoring and Observations
The project will entail two major work elements that require desktop analyses and training with no field work, (1) Conducting a Gulf sturgeon stock assessment and (2) Developing a standardized data collection and storage program for Gulf sturgeon data. Work element 1 will include reviewing and compiling existing Gulf sturgeon capture-recapture information into a database, building age-structured-mark-recapture models to estimate Gulf sturgeon abundance, and developing an individual-based population viability analysis (PVA) model. Work element 2 will include standardizing collection methods and equipment used by agency and academia collecting Gulf sturgeon information by developing an electronic logbook program, developing data management policies, training cooperators in using electronic logbook systems, and linking data collected by electronic logbooks into the database developed in work element 1.