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Kristen Marcell, an outreach support specialist with the (Credit: AP)

Kristen Marcell, an outreach support specialist with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, holds an Atlantic sturgeon afloat as the fish gets used to the water of the Hudson River on Wednesday, May 12, 2004, in Staatsburg. ENCON along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released 15 Atlantic sturgeon that were captive-bred in a Pennsylvania hatchery.

The Sturgeon

The Atlantic Sturgeon plays a crucial role in the development of many projects along the Hudson River. (June 8, 2012)

Kristen Marcell, an outreach support specialist with the
(Credit: AP)

Kristen Marcell, an outreach support specialist with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, holds an Atlantic sturgeon afloat as the fish gets used to the water of the Hudson River on Wednesday, May 12, 2004, in Staatsburg. ENCON along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released 15 Atlantic sturgeon that were captive-bred in a Pennsylvania hatchery.

Margaret and John Blackburn of Scarborough look at
(Credit: Stuart Bayer)

Margaret and John Blackburn of Scarborough look at an Atlantic sturgeon exhibited by Riverkeeper at the River Sweep event on the Ossining waterfront. (June 2, 2012).

Riverkeeper Boat Captain John Lipscomb holds a dermal
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Riverkeeper Boat Captain John Lipscomb holds a dermal scute from an Atlantic Sturgeon on Riverkeeper's boat in Ossining. (June 8, 2012)

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Riverkeeper Boat Captain John Lipscomb holds a dermal
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Riverkeeper Boat Captain John Lipscomb holds a dermal scute from an Atlantic Sturgeon on Riverkeeper's boat in Ossining. (June 8, 2012)

In this Oct. 8, 2010 photo, Virginia Commonwealth
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In this Oct. 8, 2010 photo, Virginia Commonwealth University graduate student Matt Balazik, gets ready to toss a 70-pound Atlantic sturgeon into the James River near Charles City, Va. Balazik is a sturgeon census taker, using electronic tracking devices to monitor the movements of the armor-plated fish.

Riverkeeper Boat Captain John Lipscomb and Attorney and
(Credit: Faye Murman)

Riverkeeper Boat Captain John Lipscomb and Attorney and chief investigator Josh Verleun on Riverkeeper's boat in Ossining. (June 8, 2012)

Brad Sewell, senior attorney for the Natural Resources
(Credit: Leslie Barbaro)

Brad Sewell, senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, filed the petition to have the Atlantic sturgeon listed as an endangered species. (June 6, 2012)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Jerre Mohler,
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Jerre Mohler, foreground, reaches for an Atlantic sturgeon as his colleague John Sweka looks on as they start the transfer of the fish from a holding tank to the waters of the Hudson River Wednesday, May 12, 2004, in Staatsburg. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation released 15 captive-bred Atlantic sturgeon from a Pennsylvania hatchery.

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Andy Kahnle, left, a fishery scientist with the
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Andy Kahnle, left, a fishery scientist with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (ENCON), and Kristen Marcell, an outreach support specialist with ENCON, hold an Atlantic sturgeon afloat as the fish gets used to the water of the Hudson River Wednesday, May 12, 2004, in Staatsburg. ENCON along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released 15 Atlantic sturgeon that were captive-bred in a Pennsylvania hatchery.

Kristen Marcell, an outreach support specialist with the
(Credit: AP)

Kristen Marcell, an outreach support specialist with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, holds an Atlantic sturgeon afloat as the fish gets used to the water of the Hudson River on Wednesday, May 12, 2004, in Staatsburg. ENCON along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released 15 Atlantic sturgeon that were captive-bred in a Pennsylvania hatchery.

Kristen Reilly, a field technician with the NYS
(Credit: AP)

Kristen Reilly, a field technician with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (ENCON) struggles to hold on to an sturgeon being placed in the waters of the Hudson River Wednesday, May 12, 2004, in Staatsburg. ENCON along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released 15 Atlantic sturgeon that were captive-bred in a Pennsylvania hatchery.

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