up over the summer of 2012 to restore about
an acre of habitat in Michigan’s St. Clair River
by constructing rocky reefs to enhance fish
reproduction and rebuild native fish populations. A total of nine reefs, each approximately 120 feet long, 40 feet wide and about
2 feet high, were made of loosely piled limestone and fieldstone rocks.
Surprisingly, even before construction
was complete, researchers observed sturgeon swimming around the reefs, and found
eggs in the structure. Jennifer Read, project
lead from Michigan Sea Grant, says, “We
were very excited to see sturgeon using the
reefs even while they were under construction, which is good evidence that the reefs
will contribute to enhanced populations over
time.” Several additional species, including
others that are endangered or threatened,
may also eventually benefit from the project. “We’re also looking forward to verification that other native species use the site
— lake whitefish, northern madtom, and possibly walleye — to confirm that these reefs
will benefit multiple species in the St. Clair
River,” said Read.
OVER 33 million
anglers fished in
27. 5 million in freshwater and 8. 9 million in saltwater.
By region sport fishing is up a
whopping 17 percent in the Great
Lakes — 2011 National Survey of
Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service
Great Lakes Water
for interactive displays of historic,
current, or projected water levels
for all five “sweetwater seas” at
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