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Fishing in B.C.: ‘Monster’ sturgeon hauled from Fraser River weighed greater than 800 lbs., could also be a century previous

An historic fish caught in B.C.’s Fraser River not too long ago is being described as an “extraordinarily uncommon” catch.

A bunch guided by workers on the Fraser River Lodge managed to catch and reel in an 3.5-metre-long, or 11.5-foot-long, white sturgeon in an space close to Agassiz.

A consultant of the lodge advised CTV Information the fish measured 56 inches round, and weighed greater than 800 kilos.

“Catches like this are extraordinarily uncommon and all the time thrilling to be part of,” Kate Wisse mentioned in an e-mail Tuesday.

She mentioned the fish had by no means been tagged earlier than, so this will have been the primary time it was caught. Its age isn’t identified, however she estimated it might be greater than 100 years previous, given its measurement.

It took greater than an hour to land the “monster sturgeon,” Wisse mentioned, partly as a result of the three that took turns needed to manoeuver round bridge pillars and an island, all whereas the boat struck components of sunken timber.

When the fish was lastly introduced in, it was measured, scanned, tagged and launched. Guides from the lodge monitored the sturgeon, ensuring it was prepared for launch, Wisse mentioned.

In accordance with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, white sturgeon are the biggest freshwater fish in Canada, and so they’ve existed comparatively unchanged for hundreds of thousands of years.

In a essential state of decline in some components of B.C., the bottom-feeding fish is among the many wildlife protected underneath the Species at Threat Act. Species dwelling within the Nechako River, Higher Columbia River, Higher Fraser River and Higher Kootenay River are all protected by the federal act. 

The Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society says white sturgeon can reside effectively over 150 years, and may develop as much as six metres in size.

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