Sturgeon Booklet and Posters

By Summer Student Leah Gerrior
Source: Netawek Ikjikum Vol. 7 – Issue 7 August 2011

The information booklet with the four posters on the Atlantic and Shortnose Sturgeon were produced by the Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council/ Maritime Aboriginal Aquatic Resources Secretariate and IKANAWTIKET.

The booklet and posters contain information with illustrations on the two species of Sturgeon found in Atlantic Canada. The information booklet provides a more detailed explanation about the Atlantic Sturgeon and Shortnose Sturgeon.

The four accompanying posters highlight four topics discussed in the booklets: Anatomy, Life cycles, Threats and Significance. The anatomy poster highlights anatomy characteristics which distinguish the Atlantic Sturgeon from the Shortnose Sturgeon. The life cycle poster contains information about the Sturgeon’s life cycle and the different growth stages and preferred habitats.

The threats poster highlights threats and human activities which have led to the Atlantic Sturgeon now identified as a “Threatened Species” and the Shortnose Sturgeon as a “Species of Concern.” Sturgeon are a living fossil of over 200 million years and a vital biodiversity of the ecosystem now shared by humans. The Mi’Kmaq people of North-East, North America have harvested Sturgeon long before any contact, indeed for several millenniums using a variety of trapping and spearing innovations and technologies developed for a 6 to 13 foot, 100 to 200 pound fish without teeth.

To order your free copy of any of these publications, contact MAPC MAARS at:
maars@mapcorg.ca – (902) 895-2982

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