DEC: Progress restoring wild Lake Sturgeon in NY

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August 30, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Researchers in New York say they've found two wild Lake Sturgeon juveniles, the first caught after years of stocking intended to restore populations of the once-plentiful Great Lakes fish.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says a 2 ½-pound, 25-inch fish about five years old was found June 12 on the Oswegatchie River. It's the only young wild sturgeon caught in more than 30 years there. It may be the offspring of adults stocked more than 20 years ago or a remnant of the original population.

A 19-inch, 2-year-old that weighed a pound — was caught on July 30 in Oneida Lake, where 8,000 fingerlings were stocked between 1995 and 2004.

The commercial fishery, mostly for caviar, was shut down in 1976 and the sturgeon was put on the state threatened species list in 1983.

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