- Associated Press - Sunday, February 7, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - State conservation officials say last year’s survey shows the most Atlantic sturgeon in the Hudson River in a decade.

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, the joint federal and state survey shows an increasing abundance in juvenile sturgeon in the Hudson, an estuary of the Atlantic Ocean.

Commissioner Basil Seggos says they’re “cautiously optimistic” that with continued protection, the fish will have a secure future.

According to the DEC, commercial fishing rates exceeded the ability of the Atlantic sturgeon to replenish in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The Hudson River fish begin to spawn at 10 to 20 years old and can live 60 years.

The state banned taking them in 1996, followed by a 40-year moratorium set two years later by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

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