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Michigan officials weighing idea of Great Lakes fish farming

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:30 AM

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Michigan officials say they've been approached by entrepreneurs interested in establishing fish farming operations in Great Lakes waters.


Officials with the Department of Environmental Quality tell The Associated Press they've heard from two operators interested in raising rainbow trout in netted enclosures in Lake Michigan. One possible location would be the Little and Big Bays de Noc off Michigan's Upper Peninsula.


Brad Wurfel of the DEQ says so-called "net pen aquaculture" hasn't been done on the U.S. side of the Great Lakes before, although there are fish farms in Canadian waters of Lake Huron.


Wurfel says no formal proposals have been submitted. He says the state will establish an expert panel to consider the pros and cons, and protecting the health of the Great Lakes will be the top priority.


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