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Scientists Probe Impact Of Anchorage On Atlantic Sturgeon Off Hyde Park

Atlantic sturgeon live in the Hudson River.
Atlantic sturgeon live in the Hudson River. Photo Credit: Tina Traster

HYDE PARK, N.Y. -- Scientists are investigating the potential impact of a nearly two-decade-old anchorage point in the Hudson River off Hyde Park, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal.

The point, which serves as a "parking lot" for large ships in the river, is known as Federal Anchorage 19-A and was established by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1999, according to the Journal.

Though it was created as a safety measure for ships moving through the Hudson, scientists from Delaware are now asking whether the anchorage is having a lasting impact on the river bottom and, by extension, the Atlantic sturgeon that live in the river, according to the Journal.

Research has so far shown that anchors are leaving deep, albeit temporary, cuts near one of the most active sturgeon nurseries in the river, according to the Journal.

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