If all goes right, the lake sturgeon could be removed from New York State's list of threatened species before 2024, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said.
The DEC announced the release Friday of its final version of the state's Lake Sturgeon Recovery Plan, which is designed to restore self-sustaining sturgeon populations to New York's waters.
"Lake Sturgeon have been listed as a threatened species in New York since 1983, and this plan will provide DEC and our partners with a clear blueprint to achieve recovery of this ancient fish within our waters," said Basil Seggos, DEC commissioner.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and DEC have been studying the native fish species in Lake Erie and Buffalo Harbor as well as the upper and lower Niagara River in detail over the last several years.