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Hook and Hunting: Volunteers Needed to Help Protect Sturgeon Spawning Sights on Black River

Sturgeon For Tomorrow is looking for volunteers from now until early June to help protect spawning sights of Sturgeon fish along the Black River.

The Lake Sturgeon, which can weigh up to 200 pounds and live to be 100-years-old, is listed as a threatened species in Michigan, and hunting the fish has been closely regulated.

Sturgeon For Tomorrow has also been working with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and tribes to protect the sturgeon from being harvested.

Volunteers with the organization are assigned shifts along the river to simply stand watch and report any suspicious activity.

Sturgeon For Tomorrow says that watching researchers dive for sturgeon is quite a sight to see. And if you enjoy mountain biking, mushroom hunting, hiking, kayaking or camping, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.

“We are just a show of presence, we’re here that if somebody should drive down the road and think I used to see fish here, I’m gonna steal one, they’re gonna see people, and then go another direction,” said Mary Paulson, Ambassador of the Sturgeon For Tomorrow Black Lake Chapter. “They just turn around and leave, and that’s what we’re trying to do, we’re just trying to protect those fish.”

If you are interested in applying, you can