What’s In a Name?

An incision just big enough to fit the transmitter is made in the belly of the sturgeon and a few stitches close it up. The stitches eventually dissolve but a small scar remains visible.

On March 16, 2011, PLS11-002, a non-reproductive female pallid sturgeon, was captured on a trotline and implanted with a transmitter. Every fish that is implanted with a transmitter is given a unique name. The name tells us the species, the year the fish entered our telemetry study, and a number describing how many fish were implanted so far during the year.

Following surgery and transmitter implantation, pallid sturgeon PLS11-002 was released at her capture location in the Lower Missouri River.

For example, PLS11-002 is a Pallid Sturgeon (PLS) implanted in 2011 (11) and it was the second fish implanted in 2011 (002).

About Emily Pherigo

Emily is no longer with the Comprehensive Sturgeon Research Project. When she was here, she was a biologist contracted to the Comprehensive Sturgeon Research Project. Most of her time was spent at a computer performing QA/QC on data or updating figures and graphs most used by Aaron DeLonay. However, she occasionally made it to the river, where she enjoyed seeing pallid sturgeon and was reminded why she entered the natural resources field.
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