ROGERS CITY - After a good year of fishing off Rogers City's shores, city council members will ask the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to help keep it that way.
Council members approved a resolution at their Tuesday meeting asking the DNR to continue stocking sport fish in Lake Huron near Rogers City. The intent is not to push the department into wasting money on fruitless efforts, but to ask them to continue to use sound management methods, City Manager Mark Slown said.
"We're not claiming to be scientists, we just want them to know how important it is to us," he said prior to the meeting.
Mayor Pro Tem Deb Greene was absent from the meeting.
The resolution specifically names Atlantic salmon in the resolution, a species that has done well even after drastic changes to Lake Huron's food chain. Most of those caught are naturally spawned fish from the St. Mary's River, Mayor Beach Hall said.
"We've heard the fishery is improving," he said. "Atlantics are anticipated to be a much growing part."
Multiple businesses in the city depend on fishing for their livelihood, and healthy fisheries are good for the residents who depend on them for recreation as well, according to the resolution.
A better fishery also would bring more people to the city marina, Slown said. This year's improvements in marina numbers are credited in large part to a variety of sport fish available to anglers, usually within an hour's boat ride from the city.
"You don't have to go three hours away to find a fish," he said. "They're right here, at least they were this year."
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