Zoo begins process to restore sturgeon in Lake Erie

TOLEDO, Ohio — Officials at an Ohio zoo have begun the process of restoring a fish species in Lake Erie that’s nearly extinct.

The Blade reports that the Toledo Zoo will raise about 1,500 young lake sturgeon this summer. The zoo recently received tanks for the fish.

Zoo conservation director Kent Bekker says eggs to raise the hatchlings will arrive in June and fish will be released into the Maumee River in August or September. The Maumee River is one of Lake Erie’s largest tributaries.

The restoration effort is being funded through a $90,000 grant.

Lake sturgeon can live 100 years or more. The species was once abundant in Lake Erie but nearly disappeared by the early 1900s because of overfishing.

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