commercial fishing

New Restrictions On Commercial Fishing Amount To ‘Extortion,’ Say State Lawmakers

Jan 26, 2021
John Levanen / FLICKR

In a scathing letter, several Michigan legislators urged the state Department of Natural Resources to renew all commercial fishing licenses and permits from 2020.

That’s after the DNR announced new restrictions that close the fishery for part of the year and limit the depth where fishers can catch whitefish to 80 feet.

Gloves Come Off In Fight Over Commercial Fishing In Michigan

Jan 5, 2021
Peter Payette / Interlochen Public Radio

The few commercial fishing businesses that remain in Michigan are suing the state’s Department of Natural Resources over changes to industry rules. 

They say the new provisions will make commercial fishing all but impossible. The lawsuit, filed by the Michigan Fish Producers Association, claims the actions of the state threaten to deprive its members and their employees of their livelihoods.