Public meetings set on whether salmon stocking in Lake Michigan should be reduced
LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — State officials have scheduled two public meetings to discuss salmon stocking in Lake Michigan.
The Department of Natural Resources is considering a reduction in Chinook salmon next spring and is reviewing Lake Michigan’s lake trout population.
Meetings will be held Sept. 7 in Ludington and Sept. 13 in South Haven.
The Chinook salmon population has been decreasing, mainly due to a decline in alewife, a primary food source. Lake trout also like alewife.
A committee with representatives from states along Lake Michigan is recommending a 61 percent reduction in Chinook salmon stocking, starting next year.
Regulators hope the alewife population can rebound with fewer salmon.