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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Swimming on the Reef

The Michigan Wildlife Conservancy completed its first sturgeon spawning reef in the Detroit River at Fighting Island, located in Canadian waters. The Conservancy was the only private organization involved in the reef; we worked with numerous US Federal, and Canadian agencies. The reef was completed in 2009 and is now a spawning site for Great Lakes sturgeon, whitefish, walleye, northern madtom (endangered) and many other species.

In June of 2012 the Conservancy completed a larger reef on the American side, in the delta of the St. Clair River, by partnering with numerous Federal agencies. The reef was still being finished when divers from the U.S. Geological Survey went down to document the specifications of the new reef with video-cameras. This short video shows the many large sturgeon that were already spawning on the not-yet-complete reef that the divers encountered. It is rare to have such a significant, and immediate, impact on a "threatened" species. Enjoy!

To view the sturgeon video please go to and click on the “Sturgeon Reef Video” under “Community Events” or click here

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