Anyone with a taste for salmon, take note: fish harvested at Michigan’s state-operated weirs will soon be on the market.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources maintains a number of weirs in the northern Lower Peninsula. Salmon are collected there each fall while returning to their native streams, where they spawn and die.
Technicians at the sites collect eggs and sperm from Chinook and coho salmon for use in hatcheries. Afterward, fish in good physical condition are offered for sale through American-Canadian Fisheries, a private vendor.
The company pays the DNR a flat rate, then makes the fish available to distributors for marketing.
Individual retailers determine what price they charge the public. Eight outlets will be selling the fish this year.