- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

HARBOR BEACH, Mich. (AP) - Michigan plans to study the viability of commercial fishing for whitefish in southern Lake Huron, officials said.

The state Department of Natural Resources has issued a research permit to a commercial fisher to explore lake whitefish populations. Starting this month, large mesh trap nets will be allowed in experimental fishing grounds several miles south of Harbor Beach and north of Port Sanilac.

The DNR said in a statement that research is planned over the next three years while the agency monitors and evaluates the fish population and looks at the long-term potential for what it describes as “a sustainable and profitable commercial lake whitefish fishery.”

The Michigan waters of southern Lake Huron haven’t been commercially fished in five decades, but commercial fishing is established in Canadian waters. The DNR’s Fisheries Division said there could be an abundant stock of lake whitefish available for harvest.

“Southern Lake Huron presents a unique opportunity to explore an under-utilized commercial fishing opportunity in Michigan waters,” said Tom Goniea, the DNR’s Commercial Fishing Program administrator. “There are very few areas of the Great Lakes that can accommodate new commercial fishing and this is one.

“It is an excellent location to evaluate lake whitefish stocks with the possibility of expanding Michigan’s natural resources-based economy.”

According to the DNR, experimental commercial fishing could begin Sunday and continue through the rest of the year. If successful, the DNR anticipates the experimental fishing will continue through 2017. Nets will be placed to avoid recreational fishing.

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Online:

https://www.michigan.gov/fishing

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