Lake Winnipeg fish species in ‘grave peril’ due to mismanagement, wildlife group says

Oct. 22, CBC News:

Some Lake Winnipeg fish species are on the brink of extinction due to “decades of mismanagement” of the commercial fishing industry, says the Manitoba Wildlife Federation.

“The issue of declining fish stocks in Lake Winnipeg is a direct result of commercial fishing policies that are not based on science,” said Brian Kotak, managing director of the wildlife federation.

“The harvest levels are unsustainable.”

Commercial fishers are allowed to catch a quota of any of the three main species — walleye, sauger and lake whitefish.

That system encourages intense fishing pressure on whichever species is most in demand, which has meant a heavier focus on walleye for many decades due to market prices, said the federation. Read more.

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