2,000 sturgeon to be released in French Broad River during 3rd annual SturgeonFest

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KODAK (WATE) – For the past few years, great efforts have been underway to re-introduce the sturgeon back into the waterway of Tennessee.

On October 22, 2000 native lake sturgeon will be released at Seven Islands State Birding Park. Tennessee Clean Water Network said there will be educational exhibits and an opportunity to get up close and personal with the prehistoric creatures. Free food will also be available, including ice cream from Cruze Dairy Farm.

Sturgeon are native to the East Tennessee waterways and weigh upwards of 310 lbs, grow to be nine feet long and live for up to 150 years. The prehistoric fish began dwindling in number as dams were built and over-fishing and pollution became more common.

Organizers say Sturgeonfest is a great way to help introduce the native species back into their habitat first event. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

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