Because of a capacity issue, Sturgeon for Tomorrow had to release some fry earlier than it would have otherwise. About 2,000 were given to a new stream-side facility operated by the Petoskey-based Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, 6,000 were held by the Black River facility for its fall release and the rest were turned loose early, Archambo said.
Sturgeon have been present in the Great Lakes for thousands of years, and their numbers had dwindled until it was feared they could become extinct. Groups like Sturgeon for Tomorrow and the Little River and Little Traverse bands are on their way to saving what Archambo calls a “living fossil.”
“They are the elder statesmen of Michigan’s fish species,” she said.
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