Detroit River project encouraging lake sturgeon

Wyandotte, Mich. (AP) – A joint U.S.-Canadian effort to
encourage spawning by lake sturgeon in the Detroit River is paying
off.

The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge announced
Tuesday that lake sturgeon have spawned four times at a reef
constructed last fall at Fighting Island, which sits in Canadian
waters of the river near Wyandotte.

The refuge says it’s the first time in 30 years that spawning by
sturgeon has been confirmed in that area. Walleye and lake
whitefish also have spawned at the reef about 12 miles southwest of
Detroit.

The sturgeon was a dominant Great Lakes fish for thousands of
years before pollution, dam construction and excessive fishing
eliminated most of the fish. It’s a threatened species in
Michigan.

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