New York State’s Oneida Fish Hatchery and partners from the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Genoa National Fish Hatchery recently stocked more than 23,000 lake sturgeon fingerlings across their New York range.
Lake sturgeon are raised at both hatcheries from eggs taken from wild fish in early June near the Moses-Saunders Dam in Massena, NY. By the time they’re stocked they’ve grown to about seven inches in just four and a half months.
DEC Fisheries Biologists did a Facebook Live broadcast from Cayuga Lake that gave viewers an up-close and “virtual” glimpse of juvenile sturgeon before they were released into their permanent home. A recording can be found on DEC’s Facebook page.
Photo of a lake sturgeon fingerling courtesy DEC.