The lake sturgeon is an ancient, long-lived and peculiar fish that lives in Lake Champlain. Lake sturgeon can live as long as 150 years and weigh 300 pounds. They are basically a prehistoric relic — a fishasaurus!
In this edition of Outdoor Radio, biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra are joined by Chet MacKenzie, manager of the Vermont Department Of Fish and Wildlife fisheries program. They'll explain how the sturgeon population was declared endangered in 1972, but may now be stabilizing and growing.
To learn more about the lake sturgeon, check out these sites:
- View the 2015 Field Season Report
- Read about how a new tagging project helps biologists track the endangered species
- Find out how anglers are reminded of Lake Sturgeon Protection
- See the Lake Champlain Lake Sturgeon Recovery Plan
Outdoor Radio is produced in collaboration with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies with support from the Windham Foundation. The program is recorded and produced by VPR's Chief Production Engineer Chris Albertine.