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Giant 220-pound fish caught in Hudson River [Video]

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/WCBS 880) — Reel it in! Only 80 miles outside of New York City on the Hudson River, staffers with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation caught a massive 220-pound fish during the annual Atlantic sturgeon survey last week.

The 220-pound, six-foot-long fish is suspected to be a female that has not yet spawned, the NYSDEC said in a Facebook post announcing the catch.

Adult Atlantic sturgeons are anadromous, meaning they dwell in saltwater but travel to freshwater to reproduce. This species spends their ocean time migrating from Florida to Maine, but travel into the Hudson River this time of year to spawn.

Hudson River Estuary Program fisheries staff participate in the survey, which began in 2006, each year for several weeks in May and June.

The survey helps track the fish population, and staff went through the usual process with their big catch near Hyde Park. The fish was measured, scanned for a tag, had …

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