Recovery: Saving Lake Sturgeon, an Ancient Fish with a Bright Future
Nature Conservancy - Science
FEBRUARY 15, 2016
Lake sturgeon, our elders by some 150 million years, have a bright future — if Americans ignore voices of the past. In “The Song of Hiawatha” Longfellow celebrated the lake sturgeon, “king of fishes,” and the First Nations for whom it was sacred. By the lake he sat and pondered, By the still, transparent water; Saw the sturgeon, Nahma, leaping, Scattering drops like beads of wampum. Even as the poet penned this verse, North Americans were killing and trashing lake sturgeon.