From Walleye to White Fish: Fishing and Fisheries of the Great Lakes | North Coast Chronicles

March 2, 2023

There's something fishy going on!

As a $7 billion per year - and very diverse - industry, Great Lakes fishing is not just big business.  Fish in the Great Lakes provide subsistence. Fishing in the Great Lakes fosters family time and treasured memories. Fishers in the Great Lakes support an extraordinary sportfishing market fueled by 139 species and a stock of controlled introductions. North Coast Chronicles hosts "From Walleye to White Fish: Fishing and Fisheries of the Great Lakes."  Our guests are Mr. Jesse Simpkins, immediate past chair of the board of the American Sportfishing Association; Dr. Marc Gaden, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, and Mr. Dennis Eade, Executive Director of the Michigan Steelhead and Salmon Fishermen's Association. These three extraordinary experts talk about the immensity and importance of the fresh water and Great Lakes fishing industry but also about the quality and initiatives to preserve and protect this valuable resource!

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Helen Brohl

Helen Brohl is a Great Lakes gal, having grown up on the south shore of Lake Erie and a lifetime of summers on Middle Bass Island. Helen understands the Great Lakes as a valuable resource with a Master's Degree from The Ohio State University in Great Lakes Land and Water Use Policy and as an economic engine for the nation with almost 40 years of experience in maritime transportation and trade development. Helen previously worked as professional staff on the U.S. Congressional House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, with NOAA's Office of Coast Management, did trade development for the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, was the Director of Marketing for the Port of Chicago, the Executive Director of the U.S. Great Lakes Shipping Association, and is currently the Executive Director of the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System in Washington, DC. Follow along as Helen shares the nature, folk lore, and charm of the Great Lakes!