Grant to help restore sturgeon in Lake Erie tributary


TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A federal grant will help a project in northwestern Ohio aimed at bringing back a prehistoric fish that was thought to be all but gone from the lake a few decades ago.

The Toledo Zoo is leading the effort to create a rearing site for sturgeon on the Maumee (maw-MEE’) River, one of Lake Erie’s largest tributaries.

The $90,000 grant will allow the river to be the first in Ohio with sturgeon raised in captivity next to waterways where they eventually will be released.

The Blade newspaper in Toledo (http://bit.ly/2ajjN6O ) reports streamside rearing along the river could begin next spring, with the first release in 2018.

Lake Erie was once the center for lake sturgeon. But they were overfished and nearly disappeared in the early 1900s.

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