- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 4, 2014

UPPER NYACK, N.Y. (AP) - Officials say a dead Atlantic sturgeon found on a beach cannot be linked to the nearby construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

The 8-foot-long endangered species was found in three pieces on Monday in Upper Nyack.

A Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman says it appears the fish was struck and killed by a large boat’s propeller.

Peter Constantakes tells the Journal News (https://lohud.us/1ouQlfn ) nine sturgeon were reported dead along the Hudson River this year.

The bridge is being built in the middle of their habitat.



A number of safety measures were conditions of the state Thruway Authority’s permit to build the bridge. They include avoiding dredging during peak migration and spawning times.

The authority is tagging 120 sturgeon with transmitters to learn about the effect of the bridge construction.

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Information from: The Journal News, https://www.lohud.com

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