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Fishing harvest hooked in debate

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CLEVELAND — Commerical fishermen were happy to hear Monday about what may be the best yellow perch hatch in a quarter-century.

But they say an impending request by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to extend drastically reduced quotas on the Lake Michigan fish for three years is unjustified.

The yellow perch is a common North American freshwater fish considered excellent for consumption – and a staple of Friday night fish fries in the Midwest.

Debate on the quotas erupted during the monthly meeting of the Lake Michigan Fisheries Forum, a DNR-sponsored citizens committee that advises the state on policy related to fishing, fisheries conservation and efforts to manage the lake’s ecology.   more...

 

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