* "Avoid bringing the fish into the boat, if possible.
*"Use pliers to remove the hook; sturgeon are almost always hooked in the mouth.
*"Always support the fish horizontally. Do not hold sturgeon in a vertical position by their head, gills or tails.
*"Never touch their eyes or gills.
* "Minimize their time out of the water and return them to the water immediately once they are freed from fishing gear."