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The Research Vessel Sturgeon at port in St. James Harbor

Detailed Description

The R/V Sturgeon, based in Cheboygan, Michigan, was built in 1974 and currently operates on Lakes Huron and Michigan. The Sturgeon was transferred to the GLSC in the 1990s and was later retrofitted and commissioned in 2004. The Sturgeon supports fisheries related science, including deepwater studies, restoration ecology, and invasive species, to aid in management decisions for top fish predators. The Sturgeon is designed to function as an offshore work platform during the ice-free season. The Sturgeon can be at sea fifteen days with sleeping accommodations for ten people. The Sturgeon has a full galley and three heads, two with showers.


Stephen Lengnick, photographer, Public Domain