Midwest Region
Conserving the Nature of America

Building a Nursery for Lake Sturgeon

Great Lakes sturgeon populations have declined dramatically since the late 1800s from overfishing, pollution and habitat loss. Though many sturgeon populations have disappeared entirely, sturgeons can still be found in eight rivers around Lake Michigan, including the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. In an effort to help the Kalamazoo River's naturally spawning lake sturgeon population, the Green Bay Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office and Genoa National Fish Hatchery worked with state partners to build a streamside rearing unit. The streamside rearing unit sits adjacent to the river and helps to protect juvenile sturgeons in their first few months of life. The project was funded in part by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Interested in learning more? Watch the above video, or download Building a Nursery for Lake Sturgeon, an excerpt from Restoring the Great Lakes: Success Stories from the 2011 Field Season.

Last updated: June 5, 2017