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Volunteers needed to guard against sturgeon poachers in Cheboygan

Submitted by on April 8, 2019 – 12:56 amNo Comment

The Black Lake Chapter of Sturgeon for Tomorrow in Cheboygan County is seeking volunteers to join an effort to help protect lake sturgeon from illegal harvest during the annual spawning run.

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 are needed to stand guard along the river during the spawning season, from mid-April through early June, to report any suspicious activity and deter the unlawful take of the iconic fish.

When spawning begins, sturgeon guards are assigned to shifts on sites along the river.  Volunteers stand watch and, if necessary, use cell phones provided by Sturgeon for Tomorrow to contact Department of Natural Resources conservation officers who are actively patrolling the area.   Aerial surveillance is also used to secure the area and deter illegal activity.

Individuals or groups interested in volunteering should call Mary Paulson at 989-763-7568. Volunteers also can register online at SturgeonForTomorrow.org.

Sturgeon can live up to 100 years and weigh over 200 pounds.