LRB Sturgeon Release in Manistee River

From the Chicago Tribune:

MANISTEE, Mich. – A Northern Michigan Indian tribe is releasing young sturgeon into the Big Manistee River on Saturday to help restore the ancient fish in the Great Lakes region.

It’s the sixth year that the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians has placed sturgeon in the river.

Lake sturgeon date from the days of the dinosaurs. They can live from 50 to 150 years. Once plentiful in the Great Lakes, their numbers have been greatly reduced because of overfishing, habitat loss and pollution.

The tribe’s natural resources department operates a facility where young fish are reared until big enough to have a good chance for survival. Then they’re put back into the waterway from which they came. Tribal elders will take part in the release.