Mission: Increase public awareness of sturgeon fishery, protect and restore sturgeon habitat, help ensure a viable sturgeon population for future generations and assist fisheries managers in the furtherance of these objectives.
Programs: Fishery conservation & management programs: recruit and retain members to sturgeon for tomorrow (sft). The members assist managers in sturgeon population estimates and habitat improvement programs. (240 members) additionally, approximately 500 non-members receive information from our newsletters. We also maintain a website that was accessed nearly 400,000 times by almost 19,000 unique individuals. Sft also contributes to a gift account with is used to feed sturgeon in the hatchery. In accordance with revised goals for the sturgeon population, 1,210 sturgeon were released from the hatchery to 2 area lakes and more than 2,100 sturgeon fry were released to prevent overcrowding
community crime prevention programs: sturgeon guard provides volunteers to patrol in the spawning areas to prevent poaching. Sft provides assistance to the dnr during the annual spearing season. (3500 hours)
environmental education programs: sturgeon for tomorrow provides 2 $500 scholarships for area students who will be attending college and majoring in conservation programs. Sturgeon for tomorrow also assists schools with their sturgeon in the classroom program ($300). Sturgeon for tomorrow participates in outdoor shows to educate the public about the lake sturgeon.