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Alewives wash up on shore, sign of healthy Lake Michigan

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FRANKFORT, Mich. (AP) - Dead fish that have been washing up on Lake Michigan beaches in the northern Lower Peninsula have inconvenienced cleanup crews, but an expert says they’re also a sign of the lake’s health.

Frankfort saw scores of dead alewives on its beaches last week, and similar die-offs have happened farther south in Ludington and Manistee.

Fisheries biologist Mark Tonello of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the multi-billion dollar sport fishing industry depends on healthy alewife populations to feed the salmon that anglers prize.

Tonello tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle that unseasonably cold water killed the alewives. He says the size of the die-off is a good sign for Lake Michigan fisheries.

 

Posted 7/15/2013