Non-Migrant: No. All populations of this species make significant seasonal migrations.
Locally Migrant: Yes. At least some populations of this species make local extended movements (generally less than 200 km) at particular times of the year (e.g., to breeding or wintering grounds, to hibernation sites).
Locally Migrant: Yes. At least some populations of this species make annual migrations of over 200 km.
Adults migrate between fresh water spawning areas and salt water nonspawning areas. Makes extensive coastal migrations; may move up to 1500 km along coast from spawning rivers. Some individualscaptured in the Chesapeake Bay have come from as far north as the Hudson River and as far south as South Carolina (see Burkhead and Jenkins 1991). Wild and hatchery-reared juveniles tagged in the Hudson River have been captured in Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay (see Welsh et al. 2002). See Sturgeon Notes #4, (1996, Cornell University) for information on movements in the Hudson River.