Workshop focuses on Lake Huron fish
Written by Cheboygan Tribune   
Tuesday, 12 April 2005 12:15
The status and future of Lake Huron's fish population is the topic of a workshop being conducted on April 21.

The Michigan Sea Grant program, in cooperation with the Michigan State University Extension Service and the Department of Natural Resources are hosting the workshops to provide the latest research and information related to the changing Lake Huron fish life, said spokesman Brandon Schroder.

"The Lake Huron fishery has undergone marked changes in recent years," said Dave Borgeson, Northern Lake Huron unit supervisor for the DNR's Fisheries Division. "The invasion of exotic aquatic species and the near absence of the Chinook salmon's preferred prey, the alewife, have greatly altered the lake's food web. These workshops and meetings give all stakeholders a chance to sit down and discuss these changes and the future of the lake's fishery."

The workshops are open to the public, and Borgeson especially encourages charter captains, anglers and resource professionals interested in the future of the fishery on Lake Huron to attend one of the workshops.

One of the major issues to be addressed at these sessions will be the future of the Chinook salmon fishery on Lake Huron.

Borgeson said Chinook salmon have been naturally reproducing in increasing numbers in Lake Huron, with fish of wild origin now greatly outnumbering the Chinook of hatchery origin.

The meeting in Cheboygan is free to the public and will be conducted from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 21 at the Cheboygan Sportsmen's Club located at 13516 Seffern Road in Cheboygan.

For more information, contact Brandon Schroeder at 989-984-1056

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