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E-M:/ Salmon Available to Purchase at Various Local Distributors

Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>

September 27, 2005

Contact: Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014                     	

Salmon Available to Purchase at Various Local Distributors

Each fall, a large number of chinook and coho salmon return to the rivers where they were stocked to spawn. The Department of Natural Resources has contracted with a private vendor to collect these fish at the weir facilities which can then be used for public consumption or marketed in other meaningful ways.

The DNR has contracted with American-Canadian Fisheries (AC), a private vendor, to help harvest the fish. AC pays the DNR a flat rate by the pound for the fish and their eggs. The eggs are sold to bait dealers and fish that are not edible can go for pet food or fertilizer. AC makes the fish available wholesale to any and all local distributors that would like to market the fish to the public. A list of retailers marketing the fish is attached to this press release.

"We work closely with AC to maintain the professional approach to dealing with the returning salmon and to ensure that the harvest is done in the most environmentally ethical way," said Tammy Newcomb, DNR acting assistant Fisheries Division chief. "The number of fish returning to our rivers is so large that the DNR needs the assistance of private partners like AC to help in this area of fishery management."

The DNR maintains multiple locations where fisheries biologists and technicians harvest broodstock for eggs. At these locations, weirs or blockages prevent fish from moving upstream. The fish are guided into harvest raceways so the DNR can take eggs and milt (sperm) from them. It is at the weirs that the DNR often stocks fish in very high numbers.

There is no fish health consumption warning for mercury in Great Lakes salmon. The Michigan Department of Community Health states that Lake Huron and Lake Michigan salmon can be eaten without restriction by men and recommends one meal per month for women of child bearing age/concern and children.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.


Michigan Retailers Selling Salmon Harvested at DNR Weirs

Pappy's Bait and Tackle
17092 Caberfae Hwy.
Wellston, MI 49689

Tippy Dam Campground
17974 Old House Road
Wellston, MI 49689

Andy's Tackle Box
14573 Coates Hwy.
Brethren, MI 49619

R & J Resort
3070 Keith Rd.
Brethren, MI 49619

Black Bear Store
16431 Coates Hwy.
Brethren, MI 49619

Lixie's Fish Market
2699 Lixie Beach
East Tawas, MI 48060

Wellman's Bait & Tackle
410 S. State Street #309
Oscoda, MI 48750

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