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Tuesday, January 26 • 10:20am - 10:40am
Enhancing The Success of Streamside Culture For Lake Sturgeon

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AUTHORS: John Bauman*, Michigan State University Fisheries and Wildlife Department; Dr. Edward Baker, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division; Dr. Kim Scribner, Michigan State University Fisheries and Wildlife Department and Zoology Department; Dr. Terry Marsh, Michigan State University Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department

ABSTRACT: Streamside hatchery facilities, which expose cultured eggs and young fish to beneficial cues believed to be associated with imprinting, are a preferred culture technique for lake sturgeon rehabilitation in the Great Lakes region. There are currently seven streamside facilities raising and stocking lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes. These facilities are managed by five different agencies and have been in operation for nearly a decade. However, production from streamside facilities has been inconsistent producing variable and below-target results which has prompted managers to identify temporal sources of mortality and reevaluate current rearing techniques. Significant mortality (>70%) is documented to occur during early life periods, namely the free-embryo and larval periods. In spring 2013, we utilized multiple full-sibling families reared in 3.0 L aquaria to quantify the effect of density and feeding intervals on the growth and survivorship of newly-hatched lake sturgeon in a streamside facility. Based on results from this study, recommendations we provide to Great Lakes streamside facility managers will standardize current rearing and feeding procedures, improve growth and survival, and help streamside facility operators meet stocking targets.

Tuesday January 26, 2016 10:20am - 10:40am EST
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