Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2018 - 52
Anna George, right (holding a lake sturgeon), is helping address
the problem that the colorful Southern Appalachian brook trout
(above) is down to 13 percent of its historic range. The Tennessee Aquarium raises juveniles that will bolster populations in
After studying aquatic life around the world, biologist Dr. Anna George found her true calling: protecting the creatures that live in her own backyard.
by Nancy Henderson * Photos courtesy Tennessee Aquarium
Strolling through the fish propagation
room at the Tennessee Aquarium
Conservation Institute (TNACI)
in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Dr.
Anna George stops to point out
the 4-inch-long Southern Appalachian brook trout before moving
to the other side of the room to the
tiny Barrens topminnows darting
around in small glass aquariums.
But it is the lake sturgeon, anoth-