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What's New
Study examines deaths of Great Lakes trout that eat alewife
The Detroit News (4/16)
Scientific report says that subtle immune system changes may explain why some Great Lakes trout and salmon die from the lack of an essential vitamin after eating alewife, an important forage species.

Great Lakes whitefish shortage comes on heels of record-high prices in 2013
MLive (4/16)
Lower supplies and increased demand pushed wholesale whitefish prices to record levels last year, and a late start to the 2014 Great Lakes fishing season could place further pressure on prices.

Whitefish shortage getting in the way of traditional Passover meals
Daily Herald (4/14)
Jewish families looking to cook traditional Passover meals this week may have a difficult time finding some of the ingredients, another lingering effect from the record-breaking cold winter.

Anglers expected to 'hammer' Erie walleyes
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (4/12)
The Lake Erie Committee is expecting to see anglers catching most of the walleyes that have been in Lake Erie for over 10 years now, making way for younger fish.

Massive ice on lakes hitting Wisconsin fish
Net News Ledger (4/9)
With ice 3 feet deep still covering many lakes in northern Wisconsin and yet more snow delivered last week, Wisconsin State fish biologists are expecting an increase in fish kills due to low oxygen levels in some shallower lakes. As a result, anglers and lakeshore property owners could see an increased number of fish littering shorelines when the ice finally melts.

Lake Erie perch, walleye bag limits to stay same
The Columbus Dispatch (4/6)
Recreational fishing in Ohio’s portion of Lake Erie, led by the pursuit of walleye and yellow perch, generates as much as $750 million-$1 billion a year.

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Overview
The commercial and sport fishery on the Great Lakes is collectively valued at more than $4 billion annually. The fishery consists of a blend of native and introduced species, some of which are regularly restocked. Common catches include lake trout, salmon, walleye and white fish. The greatest commercial fishing harvests were recorded in 1889 and 1899 at about 147 million pounds. Since then, the fishery has been threatened on three fronts: overfishing, pollution and nonindigenous invasive species. Recent years have seen a major resurgence as walleye fisheries recover in Lake Erie and new salmon fisheries develop in Lake Ontario. The region's inland waters offer many fishing opportunities as well. Blue-ribbon trout streams attract fly fishing enthusiasts and lakes offer a variety of fish, including crappie, bluegill, perch, pike and large- and small-mouth bass.

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General Resources
TEACH Great Lakes: Fish and Fishing
In the Great Lakes region you'll find one of the world's largest freshwater fisheries. Learn about familiar fish species in the lakes, threats to the fish population, and tips on how to keep safe.

Let's Fish Ontario!
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Provides information of fishing in Ontario, such as license and regulations guidelines, fishing statistics, exotic species control, and how to protect fish and the fishing industry.

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Data
National Listing of Fish and Wildlife Advisories
Office of Science and Technology, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
A searchable database of state, tribal, and federally issued fish consumption advisories in the United States, District of Columbia, four U.S. Territories, and 12 Canadian provinces and territories.

The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII)
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
NBII is a broad, collaborative program to provide increased access to data and information on the nation's biological resources. Great Lakes related information includes invasive species, fisheries and biodiversity.

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Fish Species
Canada's Aquatic Environments: Fish
University of Guelph, Ontario
Ecology, aquaculture, biodiversity, unique fish, Canadian fisheries and more.

Fish of the Great Lakes
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
Color illustrations or photographs and descriptions of many Great Lakes fish species.

Fishes of Wisconsin, by George C. Becker
Wisconsin Sea Grant
Now available online, Becker discusses Wisconsin waters and fisheries, and gives detailed species accounts of major Wisconsin fish families, including photographs.

Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
This site provides information and a network of links to lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) research conducted by a number of U.S. and Canadian agencies and universities in the Great Lakes region of North America.

Illinois Natural History Survey Fish Collection
Illinois Natural History Survey
This collection contains approximately 800,000 catalogued specimens, which makes it about the 15th largest collection of preserved fishes, and the 6th largest collection of Neotropical fishes in North America. Represented are about 170 families and over 2,400 species which are all searchable through the web site's database.

Nonindigenous Fish of the Great Lakes
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
Color illustrations or photographs and descriptions of nonindigenous fish species.

Trout and Salmon identification guide
Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council
Color illustrations show markings useful to identify various salmon and trout.

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Fisheries
Atlas of the Spawning and Nursery Areas of Great Lakes Fishes
USGS, Great Lakes Science Center
A comprehensive information base for evaluating changes in the condition and use of spawning and nursery habitat of Great Lakes fishes and projecting future needs.

Commercial Fishing Reports
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Great Lakes Science Center
Total pounds and dollar value of commercial catch in U.S. waters of the Great Lakes by year, state, lake and species.

Fisheries Management
Great Lakes Fishery Commission
Information on fish harvest, habitat, exotic species as well as various databases.

Institute for Fisheries Research
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
The IFR conducts research on fisheries and other aquatic resources of Michigan.

Research and Monitoring of Fish Species of the Great Lakes
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Great Lakes Science Center
Background on more than a dozen key fisheries research projects currently underway in the Great Lakes.

Research Program
Great Lakes Fishery Commission
Under the Convention on Great Lakes Fisheries, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission has responsibility to formulate a coordinated research program between the United States and Canada.

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News
Weekly Fishery News
Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council
A weekly update on news about the fishery in the Great Lakes basin.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Wildlife
GLIN: Aquaculture in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Environmental Research in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Fish and Fisheries Research in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Great Lakes Fish Consumption Advisories
GLIN: Hunting and Fishing in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Invasive Species in the Great Lakes Region

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