FULL STURGEON MOON IN AUGUST – Fishing tribes are thought to have named this full moon for the giant Sturgeon fish that are readily caught in the month of August. These primitive fish have remained relatively unchanged since the finding of the earliest fossils. Sturgeon fish are 7 – 12 feet long, can weigh 3,000 pounds, live 50 or more years & don’t even spawn until they are 15 years old. They are primarily caught for their roe, which is processed into caviar. Sturgeon fish can be found in North America along the Atlantic Coast, the Gulf of Mexico, the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River, California rivers & the Pacific Ocean. Sturgeon fish also can be found in Russia, Central Asia, Italy and the Arctic Ocean. Most species of Sturgeon are considered to be at risk of extinction due to overfishing & loss of habitat.
Some Native American tribes know this August full moon as the Full Red Moon because as the moon rises, it can appear reddish through a hazy sky. August full moon is also known as the Green Corn Moon or the Grain Moon.