- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Aquarium employees have released eight lake sturgeon into the Tennessee River to celebrate national Endangered Species Day.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (https://bit.ly/1RTS2mY ) members of the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute will track the behavior of the 20-inch-long fish they took from the Great Lakes and released into the water on Friday.

Lake sturgeon had disappeared from the Tennessee River by 1961. Over the past 15 years the institute has brought 150,000 of the fish back to the river.

Aquarium officials say the fish became extinct in the river due to overfishing, dam construction and increased pollution. They say the fish can now survive because of increased government fishing regulations and the Clean Water Act.

Sturgeon can grow to be nine feet long and live more than 100 years.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, https://www.timesfreepress.com


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