Fishermen not the reason behind endangered local fish
In our Facebook Story of the Day, you wanted to know if any local species of fish were endangered due to overfishing.
Wildlife Resources Division Fisheries Supervisor Rob Weller says although there are a few fish we no longer see in our area, it's not due to overfishing.
Weller says at one point the Gulf Sturgeon and Alabama Shad populated the Flint River but both are no longer seen in the water due to habitat loss from the building of things such as dams.
When the Jim Woodruff Dam was built, Weller says it no longer allowed these fish to swim upstream to our area, making them threatened or endangered.
Recent efforts to find ways to allow the fish to get through the dam have proven successful, but Weller says it will take a while for certain species with a longer lifespan to once again populate the river.
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