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Surplus Salmon Harvested for Michigan Stocking Efforts on Sale to Public

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is again selling surplus salmon that had been harvested at weirs around the state.

Fisheries biologists and technicians collect eggs and milt (sperm) from Chinook and coho salmon at multiple weirs for use in state fish hatcheries, says the DNR.

Once egg-take needs are met, fish in prime physical condition are made available to the public by American-Canadian Fisheries (ACF), a private vendor that assists the DNR with the salmon harvest.

“We work closely with ACF to maintain a professional approach to dealing with the returning salmon and ensure the harvest is done in the most environmentally friendly way,” said Aaron Switzer, the DNR’s northern Lower Peninsula hatchery manager. “The number of fish returning to our rivers is large enough that the DNR needs the assistance of private partners like ACF to help in this area of fishery management.”

The DNR says that ACF harvests the salmon for human- and pet-food markets, as well as excess eggs for bait and caviar markets. Suitable-quality fish are made available wholesale to distributors who market the fish, according to the DNR.

Michigan retailers selling salmon harvested at DNR weirs:

  • Andy’s Tackle Box
    14573 Coates Highway
    Brethren, MI 49619
    231-477-5737
  • AuSable River Store
    680 W. River Road
    Oscoda, MI 48750
    989-739-5332
  • Hank and Sons
    16441 Coates Highway
    Brethren, MI 49619
    231-477-5450
  • Lixie’s Fish Market
    2699 Lixie Beach
    East Tawas, MI 48060
    989-362-5791
  • R & J Resort
    3070 Keith Road
    Brethren, MI 49619
    231-477-5549
  • Tippy Dam Campground
    17974 Old House Road
    Wellston, MI 49689
    231-848-4448
  • Wellman’s Bait & Tackle
    410 S. State St. #309
    Oscoda, MI 48750
    989-739-2869

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Surplus Salmon Harvested for Michigan Stocking Efforts on Sale to Public