Updated: 10/02/2013 5:42 PM
Created: 10/02/2013 4:38 PM WHEC.com
There are 1,000 more fish now living in the Genesee River. Officials from the DEC and the Seneca Park Zoo teamed up to release Lake Sturgeon into the river.
The fish have been scarce in local waters for years, but experts have been working to bring them back. Officials say the ability for the fish to not only survive, but thrive in the Genesee River is a good sign for both their research and the future of our water sources.
Jeff Wyatt, Director of Animal Health, Seneca Park Zoo, said, "We can introduce another 1,000 fish today into the Genesee river because we feel so good about how the first batch was doing. They went extinct in the Genesee River mostly because of over fishing and habitat loss and it's all a good sign now that the river is as healthy a place for Lake Sturgeon as it was 100, 200, 300 years ago."
Sturgeon only reproduce every twenty years. They live to be about 150 years old. Crews have been working to replenish the population for the past ten years.