by Tanda Gmiter,

Michigan DNR

PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY, MI – Standing guard along a riverbank while fish head upstream on their annual spawning run might sound a bit odd. But in one part of Michigan, it’s the only way to make sure lake sturgeon are protected as they grow their numbers.

Hundreds of volunteers are being sought to take shifts in this waterfront guard duty, which stretches from mid-April to early June along the Black River in Northern Michigan’s Presque Isle County.

The goal is to keep the threatened species from being taken illegally by poachers as the fish make their way from Black Lake to their spawning grounds in the Black River.

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