Volunteers needed to protect sturgeon in Cheboygan
The group Sturgeon for Tomorrow is seeking volunteers to join its effort to help protect sturgeon in Cheboygan County, from poaching.
Each spring, mature lake sturgeon, become vulnerable to poaching as they briefly leave Black Lake for spawning sites in the Black River.
Hundreds of volunteers stand guard at these sites during the spawning season, from mid-April through early June, to report any suspicious activity and deter the unlawful take of this prized fish.
When spawning begins, sturgeon guards are assigned in shifts to sites along the river. The volunteers stand watch and, if necessary, use cellular phones provided by Sturgeon for Tomorrow to contact DNR conservation officers who are actively patrolling the area in support of the guarding effort. Aerial surveillance is also deployed to secure the area and deter illegal activity.
Individuals or groups interested in volunteering should call 906-201-2484.
Sturgeon can live up to 100 years and weigh over 200 pounds.