The Great Lake Sturgeon
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Michigan State University Press
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It was September 2007. Dave and I were both at an evening reception in the Seaman Mineral Museum at Michigan Technological University. Dave was the guest of honor and had just addressed a public and academic audience on his latest book, which was about the Great Lakes. His passion for the Lakes quickly became obvious.During the reception, I was introduced as the sturgeon biologist at MTU to Dave ...
Sturgeon: The Great Lakes Buffalo | Dave Dempsey
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The book of natural resource exploitation in the United States and Canada since European settlement contains multiple illustrations of a ravenous human hunger for fish and wildlife species that extinguished, or nearly so, that which it desired. Even the most casual student of conservation has heard the legend of the passenger pigeon. It goes like this: in the first half of the 1800s, unimaginable ...
Form and Function in Lake Sturgeon | Nancy Auer
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The lake sturgeon, Acipenser fulvescens, was first described in 1818 by a botanist from Turkey named Constantine S. Rafinesque. He encountered lake sturgeon during a survey of the flora and fauna of the Ohio River (Rafinesque 1820). Th e lake sturgeon is the only endemic sturgeon of the genus Acipenser found through-out the three closely related, freshwater drainage basins in North America, those ...
N’me | Jimmie Mitchell
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I have been asked in a good way to share the influences and perspec-tives driving modern tribal resource management. In honoring this request, I am proud to share with you a project that is a premiere expression of modern-day tribal sovereignty, the n’me restoration project of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.Before I attempt to describe this project in greater detail, let me first explain the ...
The Lake Sturgeon as Survivor and Integrative Indicator of Changes in Stressed Aquatic Systems in the Laurentian Basin | Henry A. Regier, Robert M. Hughes, and John E. Gannon
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Our Laurentian Basin is ancient geologically, and the lake sturgeon lineage in our basin is ancient biologically. During the last five centuries, much of the southerly half of this basin’s waters has been transformed—mostly by humans of European origin—from a vast, clean, cascading “riverine system” to clotted strings of confined and dirty reservoirs and lakes with deformed tributaries and “connecting ...
Habitat, Foods, and Feeding | Edward A. Baker and Nancy Auer
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As the name implies, lake sturgeon are commonly found in lakes, and because of their biology they occupy large lakes. Th e Great Lakes lie at the center of the species native range (Harkness and Dymond 1961) and these lakes once supported a large concentration of lake sturgeon. Lake sturgeon were in all likelihood one of the most abundant large-bodied fish species in the Great Lakes prior to extensive settlement of ...
Recognizing the Genetic Population Structure of Lake Sturgeon Stocks | Amy Welsh
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Migration patterns and the presence of corridors play a large role in defining diff erent stocks of fish. Groups of fish may be frequently migrating between diff erent locations and may even be reproducing with the fish they encounter at the new location. On the other hand, fish may move around quite a bit when not spawn-ing, but when it comes time to reproduce, they go to the same spot each time. It can ...
Restoration and Renewal: A Sturgeon Tale | Lauri Kay Elbing
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I can still remember the day I fell in love with the lake sturgeon. I was passing through Tupelo, Mississippi, visiting my little sister in October 2001 on my way to the National Rails to Trails Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. She was very pregnant with my first niece, Sienna, who turned out to be unabashedly obsessed with fish, wildlife, nature, and science before she could even talk. Since it ...
The St. Lawrence River Lake Sturgeon: Management in Quebec, 1940s–2000s | Pierre Dumont and Yves Mailhot
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The lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) easily distinguishes itself from other fish in many aspects: its particular physical appearance, the time frame of its life cycle, and the historic importance, veneration, and respect given it by the First Nations. Another very distinctive characteristic is the similarity between the lake sturgeon’s and the human life cycle: contrary to the other fish species, whose ...
Bringing Us Back to the River | Marty Holtgren
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Th e annual nmé (lake sturgeon) return and its celebration by our Peoples assure the The history of nmé in the Great Lakes is a story of harmony, tragedy, and an opportunity for redemption. Th e tragedy has been well documented by historians, academics, and writers chronicling a time when sturgeon were an abun-dant member of the lakes and their later spiral toward near extinction (Auer 1999; ...
Sturgeon for Tomorrow | Brenda Archambo
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One of the most common questions I’ve been asked over the years is, I grew up logging hundreds of hours in an ice shanty on Black, Burt, and Mullett lakes in northern Michigan’s Cheboygan County. My late father and brother Dock McCall and James McCall taught me to fish from an early age. I am so blessed they took me into the wilderness and upon our great waters, and for letting me roam ...
The Relationship between Lake Sturgeon Life History and Potential Sensitivity to Sea Lamprey Predation | Holly Muir and Trent M. Sutton
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The lake sturgeon Acipenser fulvescens, a species native to the Lauren-tian Great Lakes, has a unique life history. Like other sturgeons, lake sturgeon are a slow-growing, long-lived species with delayed maturation; first spawning for males typically occurs between ages 12 and 15, while females become mature between ages 18 and 27. In addition, lake sturgeon spawn intermittently, with females spawning ...
Future Management and Stewardship of Lake Sturgeon | Nancy Auer
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Aldo Leopold is considered to have been one of the earliest conserva-tion activists in the United States and is well known for his best-selling A Sand County Almanac, which calls for all humans to live with a “land ethic.” Doing so requires that we consider ourselves and all other organisms as valuable and integral partners within an ecosystem community (Leopold 1966). Because he worked for the U.S. ...
About the Authors
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Brenda Archambo is the founder and president of the Black Lake, Michigan, Chapter of Sturgeon for Tomorrow. Her volunteer leadership established partner-ships among the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, stakeholders, and universities to implement research, habitat, conservation, and outreach programs to better understand lake sturgeon reproductive ecology and early life history in order ...
Publication Year: 2013