‘Threatened Species’ Placed Into New York River
A "threatened species" was placed into a river in New York.
While no place in the Hudson Valley made the list, the region has received a ton of praise recently.
This month members of the DEC went to the Genesee River to stock it with lake sturgeon, a threatened species in New York State.
One thousand fingerling sturgeon were released into the Genesee River as part of a restoration program, officials say.
The program is a collaboration between DEC, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Seneca Park Zoo.
It aims to restore lake sturgeon to their native homes in the Genesee River and Lake Ontario.
The program began to combat declining populations due to several factors, including overfishing, habitat degradation and lack of spawning habitat.
Anglers are reminded that since lake sturgeon are a threatened species, they must immediately return any they catch to the water.
This will help our efforts to restore sturgeon numbers as we continue working towards one day removing them from the Threatened species list, officials say.