Lake Erie success story: Lake trout finally naturally reproducing following 60-year effort

Lake Erie success story: Lake trout finally naturally reproducing following 60-year effort
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Following 60 years of significant investments in money and time by U.S. and Canadian agencies, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced this week a significant milestone for lake trout restoration in Lake Erie.

The DEC confirmed identification of wild lake trout fry recently collected by the department’s Lake Erie Fisheries Research Unit in late May. DEC staff collected “multiple, recently hatched fry” in fry traps in Eastern Lake Erie – specifically, on a rock reef about five miles west of Barcelona Harbor in Chautauqua County.

In July, Dr. Chris Wilson at Trent University positively identified the fry as lake trout through genetic testing.

“This phenomenal Great Lakes story of recovery is a testament to the perseverance of the researchers and biologists from DEC and partner agencies who worked tirelessly to help restore this fishery,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos in a press release.

The recent discovery is the result of an acoustic telemetry…

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