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News Seasonal lake sturgeon release put more than 5,700 fish into Michigan waters


Jerry A
Seasonal lake sturgeon release put more than 5,700 fish into Michigan waters


Contact: Ed Baker, 906-249-1611, ext. 309 or Ed Golder, 517-284-5815
Agency: Natural Resources

Oct. 14, 2014

The Department of Natural Resources and several partners released nearly 6,000 juvenile lake sturgeon into various public waters across the state this summer and fall in an effort to rehabilitate this culturally significant fish species.

...All juvenile lake sturgeon were collected from the wild last spring and reared in streamside facilities until they reached at least 7 inches in size or larger. All fish are tagged prior to being released into their respective rivers.

"Many of these stocking efforts were public events that shined a spotlight on how important lake sturgeon are to our state,"said DNR Fisheries Division Chief, Jim Dexter. "Michigan has a long history with the lake sturgeon and working with our partners helps us to move forward toward protecting them for the future."