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Native lake sturgeon release into Maumee River highlighted in media outlets

October 9, 2018

The GLSC is supporting the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR), US Fish and Wildlife Service, Toledo Zoo, and many other partners, in reintroducing native Lake Sturgeon to the Maumee River (map) which flows into Lake Erie.

A tagged fingerling lake sturgeon prepared for release in New York waters in 2016.
NYS DEC Oneida Fish Hatchery; native species; Restoration Ecology; Tunison Lab Aquatic Sciences; New York; Lake sturgeon; Dawn Dittman USGS; fingerling; 43.21988, -77.61486; Lake sturgeon implanted with radio chip and tagged with yellow floy tag; (Credit: Dawn Dittman, GLSC. Public domain.)

Chris Vandergoot (GLSC, Sandusky, Ohio) is leading the effort to document the success of the reintroduction effort by tracking the fish over time using acoustic telemetry technology. On October 6, the GLSC will participate in a public and media event where thousands of juvenile sturgeon will be released for the first time. This week, the Toledo Zoo posted an 8-minute Facebook Live video highlighting the preparation for the restoration effort, including a surgery to implant acoustic tags into juvenile sturgeon. The video received 17,000 views to date. Vandergoot appeared on the video to describe acoustic telemetry technology and GLSC’s post-stocking assessment plans. In addition, Vandergoot was interviewed by Matt Markey of the Toledo Blade for a story published on October 1, 2018, “Ancient fish to swim the Maumee on Saturday.” He highlighted the success of the collaborative, multi-agency/organization effort and called attention to the many challenges ahead for Ohio DNR’s goal of a self-sustaining population.