Michigan Stocks Waterways with 20 Million Fish to Boost Local Economy by Up to $4 Billion

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Michigan Stocks Waterways with 20 Million Fish to Boost Local Economy by Up to $4 Billion

The associated recreation industry will bring in between $2.4 billion and $4.2 billion

Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has stocked the state’s water with over 20 million fish, weighing more than 325 tons.

The spring stocking efforts, meant to increase fishing opportunities for local anglers, consisted of nine species as well as one hybrid, including rainbow trout, yearling brown trout, brook trout, splake, and Chinook salmon.

“It was another outstanding spring stocking season that will bring significant benefits and fishing opportunities to Michigan,” said Ed Eisch, DNR fish production manager. “Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff, fish were reared and delivered to stocking sites in excellent condition. The numbers produced and stocked were right on target for almost all areas.”

In total, eight hatcheries have been provided with a certain stock based on their ability to ensure the health of the species, based on supplies and temperature. The stocking is meant to bring between $2.4 billion and $4.2 billion into Michigan’s economy “through the sportfishing industry and associated businesses.”

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