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February 8, 2022

Crucial metrics in the 2018 Lake Sturgeon Recovery Plan for New York State

Measuring A Lake Sturgeon from Cayuga Lake
Measuring a Lake Sturgeon in Cayuga Lake as part of the Lake Sturgeon Recovery Plan for New York State, written in 2018. Lake sturgeon can live for more than 100 years and grow to seven feet in length, making them the largest freshwater fish in New York. Because of this long lifespan and delayed sexual maturity, lake sturgeon are incredibly vulnerable to overfishing and population depletion.

Dawn Dittman (GLSC, Cortland, New York) is part of an interagency partnership in New York for lake sturgeon restoration that announced a significant 2021 milestone in lake sturgeon recovery in New York State, which was highlighted in a January 21, 2022, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation press release: The lake sturgeon population in the upper St. Lawrence River has exceeded crucial metrics set forth in the 2018 Lake Sturgeon Recovery Plan for adult spawning and juvenile recruitment. The GLSC Tunison Laboratory of Aquatic Science in Cortland, New York, provides field assessments of the status of threatened native species.