Michigan DNR Announces Surplus Salmon Available to Public

The public again this year is invited to purchase surplus salmon that has been harvested at Michigan Department of Natural Resources weirs around the state.

Seasonal salmon runs include large numbers of fish returning to their native streams to spawn and die. The DNR maintains multiple sites (weirs) where fisheries biologists and technicians collect eggs and milt (sperm) from Chinook and coho salmon for use in state fish hatcheries. Once egg-take needs are met, fish in prime physical condition are made available to the public by American-Canadian Fisheries, a private vendor that assists the DNR with the salmon harvest.

The vendor harvests the salmon for human- and pet-food markets, as well as excess eggs for bait and caviar markets, and pays the DNR a flat per-pound rate for the salmon and eggs collected. They then make suitable-quality fish available wholesale to distributors who market the fish.

"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 Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recommends caution when eating certain kinds and sizes of fish from Michigan lakes and streams. For current advisories, the Eat Safe Fish Guide should be consulted. It is available online at michigan.gov/eatsafefish or by contacting the department at 1-800-648-6942.

Michigan retailers selling salmon harvested at DNR weirs:

Andy's Tackle Box
14573 Coates Highway
Brethren, MI 49619

AuSable River Store
680 W. River Road
Oscoda, MI 48750

Hank and Sons
16441 Coates Highway
Brethren, MI 49619

Lixie's Fish Market
2699 Lixie Beach
East Tawas, MI 48060

R & J Resort
3070 Keith Road
Brethren, MI 49619

Tippy Dam Campground
17974 Old House Road
Wellston, MI 49689

Wellman's Bait & Tackle
410 S. State St. #309
Oscoda, MI 48750