Champagne and caviar for the August sturgeon moon

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Photo: Lise Lafond

A reddish-orange “sturgeon” moon rose over Lac Témiscouata on Aug. 15.

Every full moon has a name. The moon that peeked over the mountain on Aug. 15 is called the sturgeon moon or red moon.

The sturgeon was an important part of the First Nations’ diet. Using harpoons, lassos and other tools, they fished for sturgeon in August, the month it was most easily caught. The August moon with its red colour signalled that it was time to fish for sturgeon.