The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) seeks volunteers to help with pallid sturgeon collection on the Missouri River near St. Joseph.

The pallid sturgeon is a primitive fish that swam when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. They are an endangered species.

MDC biologists are doing fish population studies on the river, and any wild pallid sturgeon collected are taken to fish hatcheries and provide brood stock for spawning. Hatchery-reared pallids will be released in the river.

Volunteers will help MDC staff set and run trotlines used for sampling and to collect mature fish for pallid restoration efforts.

MDC biologists conduct population surveys for fish species in the Missouri River, and they also search for brood stock to help restore endangered pallid sturgeon. Pallid sturgeon in these photos were collected from the river in the Kansas City area. MDC will be sampling the river this spring in the St. Joseph area.

MDC biologists conduct population surveys for fish species in the Missouri River, and they also search for brood stock to help restore endangered pallid sturgeon. Pallid sturgeon in these photos were collected from the river in the Kansas City area. MDC will be sampling the river this spring in the St. Joseph area.

On a typical collection day, participants will meet at a boat ramp. The workday usually is from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Chores include baiting hooks with nightcrawlers, setting and pulling trotlines, and handling fish. Participants will need to bring their own water bottle, rain gear, water shoes or knee boots, and lunch. MDC will provide lifejackets, gloves, drinking water, sunscreen, a free t-shirt and a fun day on the river.

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