State, federal agencies partner to help restore populations of 3 fish species

27 organizations from the United States and Canada are uniting to help several fish species in the Great Lakes. Michigan Sea Grant, which has taken the lead in the partnership, is headed by Jennifer Read.

The agencies are building an artificial fish spawning reef.Three species will be targeted: lake sturgeon, walleye and lake whitefish. Sturgeon, however, have the most to lose. Jim Boase of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said he expects the reef construction to be complete next week.

Read said she thinks fish will start spawning at the reef by the next season after they have had time to find it.