Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Wisconsin Fishery
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Wisconsin Fishery Project

Developing a high-throughput marker panel for lake sturgeon to standardize analyses across the Great Lakes

January 2019 - December 2020


Participating Agencies

  • Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act

Lake sturgeon are a culturally and ecologically valuable fish in the Great Lakes region that have experienced significant population declines over the last century. Our project will develop a new genetic tool for sturgeon that will facilitate parentage analysis and stock identification. This will allow researchers to answer important questions about sturgeon distributions and reproductive biology that will help to inform management. This project is a collaboration with multiple geneticists from the University of Laval, Michigan State University, and West Virginia University. The panel will provide important data that will be used to inform decisions related to sturgeon management and conservation.