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Lake Sturgeon Rearing Facility Ready for 2013 Season

Region 3, April 25, 2013

The lake sturgeon stream-side rearing facility located on the Kalamazoo River, MI, is setup and ready to go for the 2013 rearing season.

Biologist Kevin Mann from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Green Bay Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office assisted staff from the Genoa National Fish Hatchery, both in WIsconsin, as they made the final touches to the rearing facility in preparation for the upcoming year.

The facility was originally transferred to its current location on April 1, and ready for operation the 23rd. Water levels in the Kalamazoo River have been historically high, slowing Michigan Department of Natural Resources biologists from collecting eggs and larvae to raise in the facility. More favorable river conditions seem to be on the horizon and once fish are collected, the facility will be ready for their arrival.

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Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov