DNR cancels its shortest hunting season, citing overfishing concerns and lack of ice ⋆ Michigan Advance
Black lake sturgeon season near Cheboygan is a Big draw for anglersBringing together more than 630 people in 2023 for a season that lasted just over an hour.
However, anyone aiming to catch one of the six fish allowed to be harvested this weekend will have to wait until next year, with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) canceling the 2024 season.
In a statement issued Friday, the DNR expressed concerns that marginal ice conditions and ice depletion on Black Lake will lead to overharvest of fish, with limited numbers of DNR staff on the ice. This is the first time the season has been cancelled.
The lake sturgeon is one of the oldest species in the Great Lakes, and it is It is considered threatened in Michigan Due to habitat loss and poaching. The DNR has banned commercial fishing for lake sturgeon and closely regulates sport fishing.
Over the past two decades, the DNR has partnered with Sturgeon for Tomorrow, Michigan State University, Tower-Kleber Limited Partnership, Bay Mills Indian Community, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, and Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and the Chipewa Indians, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa and Sault Ste. Marie tribe of Chippewa Indians talk about rehabilitation efforts at Black Lake.
This number has increased through breeding and stocking efforts, research and protection of adult fish, according to the DNR These trends are expected to continue.
The DNR said in its statement that it is too early to determine whether canceling this year’s season will affect next year’s maximum fish harvest.
Randy Claramont, chief of fisheries for the DNR, urged anglers to be careful while on the ice.
“In addition to protecting lake sturgeon, the safety of anglers and staff is paramount,” Claramont said. “We encourage all anglers throughout Michigan to use extreme caution while on the ice, as we are seeing above average temperatures.”
This stretch of warm weather was also noted in the recent announcement that the annual wolf and moose counts on Isle Royale would be suspended for the first time in more than 60 years.
Sarah Howe, a Michigan Tech professor who is leading the effort, He told the Associated Press The survey was suspended Tuesday by the National Park Service because warm temperatures made it unsafe for scientists’ ski planes to land on the ice surrounding the island.
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