commercial fishing http://michiganradio.org en Whitefish shortage causing Passover meal problems http://michiganradio.org/post/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 http://michiganradio.org Whitefish shortage causing Passover meal problems 'Lake Erie has 2% of the water in the Great Lakes, but 50% of the fish' http://michiganradio.org/post/lake-erie-has-2-water-great-lakes-50-fish <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The stat comes from Jeff&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Reutter</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Director of Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He says the converse is true for Lake Superior. It holds 50% of the water, but just 2% of the fish.</span></p><p>It's a rough estimate, he says, but it gives you a good understanding of how each of the five Great Lakes have unique characteristics, which present unique challenges in managing these lakes.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As part of <a href="http://michiganradio.org/topic/warm-water-fish-changing-great-lakes">our series on how climate change is affecting the Great Lakes</a>, </span>Reutter<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> spoke to us about how Lake Erie is especially vulnerable to temperature variations. It is the southernmost, and the shallowest of the five Great Lakes.</span></p><p>He also spoke about how, unlike the other four Great Lakes, Lake Erie is surrounded by agriculture and a more urbanized landscape.</p><p>You can listen to him speak about his "50 and 2 Rule" here:</p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1BQqYFzHq4">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1BQqYFzHq4</a></p><p>Lake Erie has seen a resurgence in algal blooms over the last ten years. It was once a big problem in the 60s and 70s, and it has returned as a problem again.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 17:48:20 +0000 Mark Brush 15125 at http://michiganradio.org 'Lake Erie has 2% of the water in the Great Lakes, but 50% of the fish' Swimming Upstream: The Fish Monger's Wife (part 2) http://michiganradio.org/post/swimming-upstream-fish-mongers-wife-part-2 <p>Today we continue our series, <a href="http://environmentreport.org/swimming_upstream.php">Swimming Upstream</a>. Dustin Dwyer took a road trip around the Lower Peninsula to bring us stories about fish. Yesterday we heard about the Petersens. They&rsquo;re one of the few remaining non-tribal commercial fishing families in the state.</p><p>Today Dustin tells the story of the Fish Mongers Wife:
</p><p>It&#39;s a grey day at the <a href="http://www.muskegonfarmersmarket.com/the-fish-mongers-wife/">Muskegon Farmer&#39;s Market</a>, but Amber Mae Petersen is selling the heck out of some fresh Michigan whitefish.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We&#39;re based here in Muskegon, my husband&#39;s family has been commercial fishing here for 75 years. So we sell what we catch.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>The vacuum-sealed bags of whitefish filets, and packages of smoked whitefish are disappearing quickly. Petersen&#39;s husband Eric stands next to her, packing the fish in ice and wrapping it in old copies of <em>The Muskegon Chronicle.</em></p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;It&#39;s the only way to do it.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 14:47:03 +0000 Rebecca Williams 3014 at http://michiganradio.org Swimming Upstream: The Fish Monger's Wife (part 2) Swimming Upstream: The shrinking commercial fishing industry (part 1) http://michiganradio.org/post/swimming-upstream-shrinking-commercial-fishing-industry-part-1 <p>Today we begin a series called <a href="http://environmentreport.org/swimming_upstream.php">Swimming Upstream</a>. It&#39;s about one of Michigan&#39;s most valuable natural resources: fish. These slimy, scaly water dwellers contribute to the ecology of the Great Lakes, our economy, and, of course, our dinner plate.</p><p>Reporter Dustin Dwyer has traveled all over the lower peninsula to gather these fish stories for us, and he starts with a simple question: why can it sometimes be so difficult to buy fresh fish caught in Michigan?&nbsp;</p><p>Here&#39;s Dustin&#39;s story:</p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:11:29 +0000 Rebecca Williams 2997 at http://michiganradio.org Swimming Upstream: The shrinking commercial fishing industry (part 1)