Atlantic Sturgeon


This large-bodied and late-maturing fish has distinctive features such as an elongated body with five rows of scutes (hard, bony projections from the skin), along the body that are high-ridged and razor sharp in younger fish and become smoother as the fish ages. Atlantic Sturgeon, an anadromous species, meaning it spawns in freshwater and spends a portion of its life at sea, have historically been a main source of food for Mi’kmaq people.

Fun facts

The Sturgeon is a primitive fish and has fossils dating back 85 million years. The Sturgeon may weigh as much as 800 pounds and reach lengths of 15 feet.