The success & future of Atlantic salmon rearing in Michigan

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 Mar 5th, 2019 by Keith Worrall  295

Modified Mar 5th, 2019 at 4:16 PM

It’s not really a secret that Atlantic salmon are becoming a must-target species in Michigan. With that popularity has come efforts to rear and stock more of these fish, supported by an invaluable partnership between the Department of Natural Resources’ Fisheries Division, Lake Superior State University (LSSU) and Cloverland Electric.

Fisheries Division has worked with LSSU for more than 30 years, particularly with Roger Greil, the manager for the university’s Center for Freshwater Research and Education Fish Hatchery (CFRE) where Atlantic salmon have been reared since 1987.

“Roger is awesome,” said Aaron Switzer, the DNR’s Northern Lower Peninsula state fish hatchery manager. “I think the world of that guy, his fisheries knowledge when it comes to rearing Atlantic salmon is second-to-none.”

Since 1987 the CFRE, and Roger, has reared and stocked more than 1 million yearling Atlantic salmon in the St. Marys River. This river is now considered a destination for world-class Atlantic salmon fishing. So, we at the DNR thought, why not take it further?


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