State officials continue to work with tribal and nonprofit partners on boosting Michigan's lake sturgeon, an ancient and culturally significant fish species.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says together they released more than 7,800 juvenile lake sturgeon into public waters around the state this summer and fall.
The young fish were collected from the wild last spring and reared in streamside facilities until they reached at least seven inches or larger.
Most were tagged before being released, which will enable biologists to tell how well the stocking operations work.
Among waterways stocked with juvenile sturgeon were Otsego Lake, Black Lake, the Lower Black River and Upper Black River, Burt Lake, Mullet Lake, the Cedar River, the Kalamazoo River, Whitefish River and Ontonagon River.