Meeting to Focus on Lake Huron Fishery|
The status and future of Lake Huron's fishery is the topic of a public meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in Alpena. The meeting is conducted by Michigan Sea Grant, in cooperation with the Michigan State University Extension Service and the Department of Natural Resources.
The meeting will take place in Room 101 of the Natural Resources Building at Alpena Community College located at 666 Johnson Street in Alpena.
"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 Alpena meeting is one of three meetings taking place in Lake Huron communities. The meetings will provide attendees with a synopsis of the day-long workshops that also have been planned to give stakeholders an in-depth look at the issues surrounding Lake Huron's fishery. A day-long workshop is planned for Saturday, April 30, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Oscoda Yacht Club located at 430 S. State Street in Oscoda. Registration is $12 in advance or $15 at the door, and includes lunch.
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.
For more details on the workshops and meetings, contact Michigan Sea Grant at 989-984-1060, or visit their Web site at www.miseagrant.umich.edu/workshops/huron-fisheries_wrksp.html.
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