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Posted on behalf of Brenda Archambo <brenda@sturgeonfortomorrow.org>

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5th ANNUNAL STURGEON GUARDING PROGRAM SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
www.sturgeonfortomorrow.org


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 19 Apr 03

CONTACT: Brenda Archambo 231-625-2776

5th ANNUNAL STURGEON GUARDING PROGRAM SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

BLACK LAKE--Over the next six weeks, Sturgeon For Tomorrow again will be
joining forces with DNR Law Enforcement and citizen's throughout Michigan to
protect spawning lake sturgeon in Cheboygan County's rivers.

"When lake sturgeon migrate upstream to spawn along the rocky river banks of
these rivers, they are very vulnerable to poachers," said Brenda Archambo,
President of Sturgeon For Tomorrow. "With the assistance of volunteer
sturgeon guards, we are able to monitor key spawning areas 24 hours a day."

The lake sturgeon, the largest and oldest fish to live in the Great Lakes,
is a unique late-maturing, slow-growing fish that can live 60-100 years,
grown to 8 feet in length and weigh more than 200 pounds. Male lake sturgeon
reach sexual readiness at 15-20 years of age, and then spawn only every
other year. Once females mature at about 20-25 years of age, they spawn on
average every four years. These characteristics have slowed the recovery of
sturgeon populations, which has been designated as a threatened species in
Michigan and are rare species throughout the United States.

When sturgeon are in the river to spawn, citizens and volunteers from the
Michigan Army National Guard and members of the local chapter of Sturgeon
for Tomorrow will stand watch and use cellular phones, provided by Cellular
One to report suspicious activity to the DNR Report All Poaching hotline.
The information is forwarded to conservation officers on patrol in the area.

A reward of up to $1,000 has been offered by Sturgeon for Tomorrow and the
RAP program for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any
person or persons illegally taking lake sturgeon.

For more information on participating with the volunteer Sturgeon Guarding
Program, contact Brenda Archambo, Sturgeon for Tomorrow, at 231-625-2776 or
www.sturgeonfortomorrow.org


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