Sturgeon spawning on the Milwaukee River could be just years away

Milwaukee has a special provenance with regard to sturgeon restoration. The first successful sturgeon-rearing from eggs in a hatchery anywhere in the world took place in 1979 under the watchful eye of Fred Binkowski at UW-Milwaukee (a sister effort by the DNR also succeeded that spring at Wild Rose State Fish Hatchery).

Binkowski, senior scientist and director of the Great Lakes Aquaculture program at UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences, helped produce a tried-and-true method for hatching, feeding and growing sturgeon. The process has helped restore or enhance sturgeon populations in the U.S. and many foreign countries.

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