Protecting and Increasing the Value of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Commercial Fishery

Grant: # 1983

Grant Amount: $157,558.00

Board Decision Year: 2022

Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers - Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers (Arlington Heights)

Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers

Naftzger, David ([email protected]) 3124070177

2022 Ecosystem Health and Sustainable Fish Populations: Ecological and Biological Research to Inform Management - Ecological and biological fisheries research to inform management

Project Summary

Current uses for commercially caught whitefish only capture a small fraction of the full potential value of each fish. Overall, the Great Lakes commercial fishery is a tremendously undervalued and underutilized asset. This project will research the opportunities to utilize 100% of the fish carcass that is harvested. By increasing the value of each individual fish, the fishery can be better sustained while critical research and management actions are ongoing to address the population decline.