fishing industry en Whitefish shortage causing Passover meal problems <p>TRAVERSE CITY –&nbsp;Many fish markets in the Great Lakes region are running short of whitefish, and it's coming at a bad time: the Passover holiday.</p><p>Whitefish is a key ingredient in gefilte fish, a traditional Jewish dish that originates in eastern Europe. Recipes vary, but it often consists of ground fish, vegetables such as onion and carrots, and bread crumbs formed into loaves or balls.</p><p>The shortfall results partly from the bitterly cold winter that caused vast sections of the Great Lakes to freeze over. The ice cover kept some commercial fishing crews stuck in port. A drop in the whitefish population is also to blame.</p><p>Kevin Dean of Superior Fish Co. near Detroit says his latest shipment amounted to just 75 pounds, although he requested 500 pounds.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:32:14 +0000 The Associated Press 17231 at Whitefish shortage causing Passover meal problems Sturgeon season to open on Michigan lake <p>Lake sturgeon are amazing fish. They can weigh several hundred pounds and they can live to be 100 years old.</p><p>Sturgeon used to be abundant throughout the Great Lakes region. But they were overfished, and construction of dams on rivers where they spawn hurt their reproduction. They’re now a state threatened species.</p><p>Tim Cwalinski is a fisheries biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. He says these days, sturgeon are carefully managed.&nbsp; There are a few fishing seasons for sturgeon in different parts of the state.</p><p>The season for sturgeon in Black Lake in Cheboygan County opens February 2<sup>nd</sup>. Tim Cwalinski says there are about 1,200 adult sturgeon in the lake.&nbsp; The quota this year is just six fish total for all the fishermen combined.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:08:53 +0000 Rebecca Williams 10815 at Sturgeon season to open on Michigan lake A salmon balancing act for Lake Michigan fishery managers <p><em>by Peter Payette for The Environment Report</em></p><p>The people who manage salmon in Lake Michigan will have to decide soon how many fish to put into the lake.&nbsp; The salmon fishery is a manmade industry in the Great Lakes.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s produced by planting millions and millions of fish in the lakes.&nbsp; But keeping the salmon population in balance with the food supply is a challenge these days.&nbsp; And some scientists are raising new questions about the salmon&rsquo;s demise in Lake Huron and whether that can be stopped in Lake Michigan. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6767 at A salmon balancing act for Lake Michigan fishery managers States seek action on Asian carp from U.S. Supreme Court <p>Five Great Lakes states are waiting to find out if the U.S. Supreme Court will hear their case calling for more decisive measures to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.</p><p>Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania filed the request this week.</p><p>The states want the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to quickly wrap up its study of how to keep Asian carp from escaping the Mississippi River system through Chicago-area shipping canals. The corps is one of the main agencies responsible for the locks.</p><p>John Sellek is the spokesman for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.</p><p><em>&ldquo;What we really want is to have the Army Corps of Engineers speed up their study,&rdquo;</em> said Sellek.</p><p><em>&ldquo;They are taking up to five years or longer to look at this and every minute that goes by could be another fish that&rsquo;s getting through those canals in Chicago, so what we&rsquo;re requesting is they speed that up to 18 months at the longest.&rdquo;</em></p><p>The Great Lakes states also want the high court to order the corps to string nets across smaller waterways that could be escape points for the carp.</p><p>At the same time, Michigan and 17 states along the Great Lakes or the Mississippi want a total physical separation of the water systems. Thu, 27 Oct 2011 20:35:22 +0000 Rick Pluta 4724 at States seek action on Asian carp from U.S. Supreme Court