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Lake Sturgeon Thriving at TREC

The Lake Sturgeon is an endangered fish in Pennsylvania
September 2, 2013

The Lake Sturgeon is an endangered fish in Pennsylvania, and one is now thriving at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. It all started in 2008, when the Cleveland Museum of Natural History had a male and female in a small tank, and donated them to the TREC. Sadly, one fish didn't make it, but the other continues to do well. She recently started to outgrow her 300 gallon tank. The S.O.N.S of Lake Erie of stepped in and donated a 750 gallon tank worth $3,500. The sturgeon is currently endangered, and one hasn't been caught in several years in our area. Early fisherman caught them in mass numbers and used the eggs for caviar, nearly putting the species into extinction. The sturgeon can grow up to 9 feet in length and weigh up to 200 pounds. They can live to be 100 years old. The one at TREC isn't nearly as big yet, but she's there for the long haul. If you'd like to see her all you have to do is ask at the front desk. Having one at TREC is a great asset to learn from. Field trips will be scheduled so children can see the sturgeon. You may also want to catch the film “Mysteries of Great Lakes” while you're there to learn much more.

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