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Less that 250 Adult Atlantic Sturgeon Remain in the Delaware River. Shipping Could be Preventing Their Resurgence

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NOAA Fisheries

The Delaware River’s endangered Atlantic Sturgeon population is just one-tenth of one percent what it was in the late 1800’s. That’s according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. WHYY’s Susan Phillips reports researchers say it’s the first time they have an accurate count of the fish.

(Original air-date: 8/4/22)

Susan Phillips tells stories about the consequences of political decisions on people's every day lives. She has worked as a reporter for WHYY since 2004. Susan's coverage of the 2008 Presidential election resulted in a story on the front page of the New York Times. In 2010 she traveled to Haiti to cover the earthquake. That same year she produced an award-winning series on Pennsylvania's natural gas rush called "The Shale Game." Along with her reporting partner Scott Detrow, she won the 2013 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Award for her work covering natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. She has also won several Edward R. Murrow awards for her work with StateImpact. She recently returned from a year at MIT as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow. A graduate of Columbia School of Journalism, she earned her Bachelor's degree in International Relations from George Washington University.