At the end of April, a group of three employees of the Federal Service for the Conservation of Fish and Wildlife, during an annual inspection of the status of the sturgeon population, caught a huge sturgeon in the Detroit River. It took them six minutes to drag the fish into the boat using the net.
“Based on the size of the fish, we can conclude that this is a female sturgeon, possibly over 100 years old,” the Service said in a press release. According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the average life span of a male sturgeon is 55 years, while females can live from 70 to 100 years.
After measuring and weighing (7 feet long, 240 pounds weight), the fish were released back into the river. The lake sturgeon in Michigan is listed as an endangered fish species. Anglers are allowed to fish only one individual per year with a line, and only of a certain size and only in some waters of the state. All sturgeon caught in the Detroit River must be released.
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