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What a catch! 139-pound sturgeon caught in Upstate NY

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Posted at 6:32 AM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 06:34:47-04

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — No fishy business here, recently researchers caught a six-foot-long, 139-pound sturgeon in Oneida Lake, just north of Syracuse, N.Y.

According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos, this was a welcomed sign, as the DEC and Cornell University began a sturgeon restocking program in Oneida Lake in 1995 due to damming of rivers and overfishing.

In addition, researchers caught 10 smaller sturgeon measuring, tagging, and weighing each fish prior to releasing them back in the water.

As for the size? Seggos believes this is much-welcomed as recovery efforts are leading to better spawning habitats.