Jordan River National Fish Hatchery
Cisco Restoration Project Underway
BY ROGER GORDON, JORDAN RIVER NFH
There were several key goals for this early work including; identification of active spawning areas in the northern portion of Lake Huron, development of capture techniques for mature fish for gamete collection, delineating spawning times of these populations, and finally the collection of fertilized eggs for use by cooperators working on cisco early life history projects. During the project, which ran from October 19 to November 23, 2015, crews were able to gather valuable data on several populations within the target area. All goals for the project were met with a wealth of information collected outlining when, where, and how these small populations use portions of the lake for reproduction. Fertilized eggs were supplied to the US Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan and Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan for use in various research and student projects.
MI. on Lake Huron. Credit: Great Lakes Fishery Commission
The ultimate goal of this and other scheduled field work with these populations of cisco is to gather data to assist in large scale restoration activities on Lake Huron. Jordan River NFH is in the process of modifying infrastructure on the federal hatchery to accommodate the annual production and release of up to 750,000 fingerling cisco for areas in Lake Huron where cisco are depressed or absent. This international, multi-agency project is supported by a host of federal, tribal, state, and provincial natural resource entities all focused on restoring these depressed fish stocks back to Lake Huron.
For more information on this or other cisco projects on Lake Huron please feel free to contact Roger Gordon, Hatchery Manager, Jordan River NFH at 231-584-2461 or email at email@example.com