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The Great Lakes are changing so fast that the agencies which manage fishing cannot keep up with the changes. Some types of fish populations are collapsing and others are thriving… at least for now. In a project between The Environment Report and Michigan Watch, Lester Graham has a series of reports on what’s happening and why.

The Collapse of the Salmon Economy (Part 1)

Communities along the coasts have become dependent on salmon to attract tourists and their money. We’ll hear how this popular sport fishery began.

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Big returns for subsidized fish (Part 2)

Fishing in the Great Lakes wouldn’t be what it is today without stocking Pacific salmon in the lakes. But it costs a lot of money. Lester looks at the growing cost of stocking salmon in the Great Lakes... and what people get for the money that’s being spent.

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Collapse of salmon in Lake Huron (Part 3)

Lester looks at the collapse of the salmon fishery in Lake Huron… and at the concerns the same thing could happen in Lake Michigan.