The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is teaming with a private organization to protect sturgeon in Cheboygan County's Black Lake from poaching during their spawning season.
Lake sturgeon are the largest freshwater fish native to the Great Lakes basin. But they are listed as endangered or threatened in 19 of the 20 states within their original range because of overfishing, habitat loss and pollution.
Mature lake sturgeon briefly leave Black Lake each spring to reproduce in the Black River.
The DNR says hundreds of volunteers are needed to stand guard along the river from mid-April through early June to report suspicious activity and prevent unlawful taking of the prized fish.
The group Sturgeon for Tomorrow coordinates groups and individuals who take part in the protection effort.