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Could fish farm expansion in MI hurt the Great Lakes?

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There's a concern that wild populations of lake trout could be impacted by the expansion of fish farming in the Great Lakes.

From chinook salmon to rainbow trout, the Great Lakes are known for some of the most incredible freshwater fisheries in the world, but could they also become a hotspot of open water fish farming? We talk to Dr. Bryan Burroughs, executive director of Trout Unlimited, about why environmentalists are saying that would be a bad idea.

From Traverse City cherries to Wisconsin cheese, agriculture plays a big role in our region’s economy. But could aquaculture be the state’s next farming frontier?

Proponents say Michigan’s rich water resources make it an ideal location for farm-raised fish, but environmentalists are urging caution when it comes to deciding where those aquaculture facilities are located. At the top of their list of places they don’t want to see any fish farms is in the Great Lakes themselves.

Current State speaks with Bryan Burroughs, executive director of the Michigan chapter of Trout Unlimited.

This segment is supported by Michigan State University's Knight Center for Environmental Journalism. More news about the Great Lakes environment can be found at GreatLakesEcho.org and on Current State every Tuesday as part of our partnership.

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