Wisconsin’s Sturgeon Success Story
Posted on: January 15, 2018

“Lake sturgeon, an ancient fish native to the Great Lakes region, can grow to be more than six feet long, 200 pounds and live more than 100 years.”

University of Wisconsin – Madison Aquatic Sciences Centre has put together a fascinating site about a fascinating fish – sturgeon. The way the website puts it, the site outlines “Wisconsin’s love affair with an ancient fish.” In addition to some captivating photos, the site provides an array of information with an emphasis on saving Wisconsin’s sturgeon population.

Interesting Sturgeon Facts from the University of Wisconsin – Madison Aquatic Sciences Centre sturgeon site:

  • There are 27 species of sturgeon worldwide
  • Lake sturgeon are native to the Mississippi, Great Lakes and Hudson Bay watersheds.
  • Lake sturgeon are native to the Mississippi, Great Lakes and Hudson Bay watersheds.
  • The Menominee Indians have been People of the Sturgeon for thousands of years and are among the oldest inhabitants of Wisconsin.
  • At one point fifteen train cars of Atlantic sturgeon caviar were sent to New York City every day
  • Dams blocking sturgeon runs proved to be a great threat to sturgeon populations
  • A statewide moratorium on sturgeon fishing went into effect in Wisconsin in 1915 in an an attempt to save the species.
  • Wisconsin Sturgeon populations have rebounded, especially in Lake Winnebego.

Find out more at the U of W – Madison Aquatic Sciences Centre sturgeon website!

Sturgeon rehabilitation efforts on Lake Superior are also making substantial progress, as noted in the following links:

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