Zoo hosted first annual lake sturgeon weigh-in
Posted at: 08/15/2013 4:34 PM
They've been extinct from the Genesee River for 100 years, but area wildlife officials have been working to re-introduce Lake Sturgeon to our area.
On Thursday, officials held a weigh-in at the Seneca Park Zoo. Nineteen hundred sturgeon were released into the river back in 2003 and 2004. Those officials were excited to announce that the fish are growing at a normal rate, just like they would in other water bodies.
Zoo veterinarian Jeff Wyatt says the sturgeon will serve a positive purpose once they make it to Lake Ontario too.
Wyatt said, "We've learned that when they get out in the lake, and right now, they're only babies. They're 10 years old in the river, they will when they get older. They'll eat zebra mussels and brown gobies, both of those are undesirable invasive species so the sturgeon are really on a big comeback and they really reflect that the Genesee River is a healthier place than ever."
Sturgeon can live 150 years, grow to weigh 350 pounds and be 8 feet long.