The first book of its kind to explore this magnificent creature, this collected volume captures many aspects of the remarkable Great Lakes sturgeon, from the mythical to the critically real. Lake sturgeon are sacred to some, impressive to many, and endangered in the Great Lakes. A fish whose ancestry reaches back millions of years and that can live over a century and grow to six feet or more, the Great Lakes lake sturgeon was once considered useless, then overfished nearly to extinction. Though the fish is slowly making a comeback thanks to the awareness-raising efforts of Native Americans, biologists, and sturgeon supporters, it remains to be seen if conservation and stewardship will continue to the degree this remarkable animal deserves. Blending history, biology, folklore, environmental science, and policy, this accessible book seeks to reach a broad audience and tell the story of the Great Lakes lake sturgeon in a manner as diverse as its subject.
- Sturgeon: The Great Lakes Buffalo / Dave Dempsey
- Form and Function in Lake Sturgeon / Nancy Auer
- N'me / Jimmie Mitchell
- The Lake Sturgeon as Survivor and Integrative indicator of Changes in Stressed Aquatic Systems in the Laurentian Basin / Henry A. Regier, Robert M. Hughes, John E. Gannon
- Habitat, Foods, and Feeding / Edward A. Baker, Nancy Auer
- Recognizing the Genetic Population Structure of Lake Sturgeon Stocks / Amy Welsh
- Restoration and Renewal: A Sturgeon Tale / Lauri Kay Elbing
- The St. Lawrence River Lake Sturgeon: Management in Quebec, 1940s
- 2000s / Pierre Dumont, Yves Mailhot
- Bringing Us Back to the River / Marty Holtgren
- Sturgeon for Tomorrow / Brenda Archambo
- The Relationship between Lake Sturgeon Life History and Potential Sensitivity to Sea Lamprey Predation / Holly Muir, Trent M. Sutton
- Future Management and Stewardship of Lake Sturgeon / Nancy Auer
- About the Authors
Nancy Auer teaches in the Department of Biological Sciences at Michigan Technological University and is a renowned expert and field researcher on lake sturgeon. Dave Dempsey was the 2009 Michigan Author of the Year and has served as an environmental and policy advisor for many years. He lives in Rosemount, Minnesota.