Sturgeon group seeks people to watch for poachers

Northern Michigan group looking for volunteers to protect fish from poachers

Published On: Apr 14 2013 02:22:33 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 14 2013 03:59:49 PM EDT
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CHEBOYGAN, Mich. -

A northern Michigan group dedicated to sturgeon is looking for volunteers to protect the fish.

This is the time of year when sturgeon leave Black Lake in Cheboygan County to spawn in the Upper Black River. The fish typically spawn on shallow rock beds, making them vulnerable to poachers.

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The Black Lake Chapter of Sturgeon for Tomorrow needs people to stand guard at the river and report any suspicious activity, through May. Coordinator Ann Feldhauser says it's rewarding to see fish swimming up the Black River.

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For more information on how to volunteer call (906) 346-9511.