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Nurturing the Sturgeon

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The region's biggest freshwater fish is also its most ancient -- and is among the most threatened. Lake sturgeon were once found throughout the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. Locally, they were found in the St. Regis, Racquette, Grasse and Oswegatchie rivers, as well as the St. Lawrence. Only remnants of the population survive - in scattered locations. New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation has stocked fingerling sturgeon and provided spawning habitat in several North Country waterways. Good gravelly spawning grounds seem to do the most good. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Celeste Headlee reports that similar efforts are underway further inland as well:

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