Frank M. Parauka

Movement and Habitat Use of Subadult Gulf Sturgeon in Choctawhatchee Bay, Florida

The Gulf sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi) is a threatened anadromous species in the Gulf of Mexico. Nineteen subadult Gulf sturgeon were equipped with ultrasonic transmitters (34-40 kHz) in the Choctawhatchee River and Bay during fall 1996 and 1997 before their entry into marine habitat. The movement and habitat use of Gulf sturgeon in the estuarine/marine environment was determined from November through April 1996-1999. A total of 344 sonic contacts were made in this study. We documented fish location using a GPS and recorded water depth, temperature, salinity, substrate type, and...