August 31, 2014 at 10:12 am

State, tribes to release sturgeon in September

New Richmond, Mich. The public will have two opportunities in September to see juvenile lake sturgeon released into Michigan waterways in a continuing effort to build populations of the ancient Great Lakes species.

The state Department of Natural Resources and several partners will host an event Sept. 6 at New Richmond Bridge Country Park in Allegan County.

It will feature tours of the sturgeon rearing facility, food, music and a tribal ceremony before the young fish are released into the Kalamazoo River.

Juveniles were collected from the wild in May and reared in the facility until reaching 10 to 11 inches, a size that gives them a better chance to survive.

The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians will have another sturgeon release celebration Sept. 13 on the Big Manistee River.