Posted at: 07/07/2013 9:20 AM
ST. CLAIR, Mich. (AP) — Three spawning reefs are planned for the southern St. Clair River in an effort to increase the number of whitefish, walleye and sturgeon.
The Times Herald of Port Huron reports that the reefs will cost $2.3 million for the U.S. Geological Survey to build. Funding is from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Bruce Manny of the Geological Survey says one reef will be built on 3 acres at Pointe aux Chenes in Algonac. The other reefs will be built near the Hart's Landing Light. They will take six to eight months to build.
The reefs are vital because they will help the fish reproduce. Manny says whitefish are the state's most important commercial fish, while walleye are important game fish. Sturgeon are recovering from near extinction.
Information from: Times Herald
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