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Frankenmuth Fire Dept.

Lake Sturgeon release planned September 23 at Cass rock ramp

  The Saginaw Bay river system has been targeted to improve game fish for the past 5-10 years and Frankenmuth and its Cass River have been a part of this effort.

  The second Lake Sturgeon Reintroduction event of 2023 will take place Saturday, September 23, at four different public releases. At the August 2023 event, the 5,000th Lake Sturgeon was released into the Saginaw Bay river system to help rebuild populations of this iconic fish species.

  The four releases will reintroduce more than 100 hatchery-raised sturgeon into each tributary of the Saginaw Bay river system, including the Shiawassee, Tittabawassee, Flint and Cass rivers. Short presentations may be made at the events by local partners.

  Following is the day-long itinerary:

  11am at the Tittabawassee River River. The release will take place at the Bob G. Caldwell Municipal Boat Launch in Midland.

  At noon, at the Shiawassee River. This release will be held at Cole Park in Chesaning.

  At 1:30pm at the Flint River. This release will take place at Mott Park Recreation Area in Flint.

  At 2pm at the Cass River, along the Gunzenhausen Walkway in Frankenmuth.

  Lake Sturgeon are a unique Great Lakes species. They can grow up to 7-feet long and can weigh up to 300 pounds. The slow-maturing fish do not begin reproducing until they are 15-20 years old.

  Once abundant in many Michigan lakes and rivers, Lake Sturgeon were nearly eradicated due to overfishing and habitat loss, particularly the destruction of rocky reefs in rivers that sturgeon and other native fish species use for spawning.

  In recent years, many partnerships and projects are working to restore sturgeon to a self-sustaining level in Michigan. This work includes restoring sturgeon habitat, reintroducing sturgeon into their native ranges, and raising awareness and appreciation for this unique species.

  The September releases are supported by a variety of partners, including the City of Frankenmuth, Chippewa Nature Center, Bay County, Flint River Watershed Coalition, Friends of the Shiawassee River, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, MSU Extension, Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN), Sturgeon for Tomorrow – Black Lake Chapter, The Conservation Fund, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and more.

  The Cass River Greenway Committee has been working on the Cass River watershed for over 12 years and is also a supporter of these fish releases.

  To learn more about the Lake Sturgeon restoration efforts on the Saginaw Bay Sturgeon website, which is as follows: www.saginawbaysturgeon.org.

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