MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is warning anglers about the need to protect the endangered species of fish known as sturgeon.
Fisheries Biologist Chet MacKenzie says lake sturgeon are fully protected and all sturgeon caught by anglers must be released immediately.
Lake Champlain has the only lake sturgeon population in New England.
In Vermont, lake sturgeon are only found in Lake Champlain and the lower sections of the Winooski, Lamoille and Missisquoi rivers and the Otter Creek.
Biologists say they are "a unique, ancient form of fish." They were given complete protection by law in 1967.
Anglers who catch a sturgeon and do not release it could lose their fishing license for up to three years, be subject to a $2,000 fee and a $722 fine.
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