Rare fish released into Holston River
Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2008 9:11 pm
RUTLEDGE (AP) — More than 2,100 lake sturgeons have been released into the Holston River in Grainger County in a continuing effort to repopulate the region with the fish.
The latest release brings the total lake sturgeon released in the area to more than 80,000 since July 2000. Lake sturgeon died out in Tennessee during the 1940s.
The Tennessee Wildlife and Resource Agency, which released the fish, hopes that the sturgeon will mature and begin spawning within the next five years.
The restoration program resulted from improved water quality at Douglas and Cherokee Dams, where minimum flows and aeration of discharges have created conditions where successful natural reproduction of lake sturgeon is likely to occur.
Despite the reintroduction since 2000, lake sturgeons are still considered endangered in Tennessee.
Information from: Citizen Tribune, http://www.citizentribune.com