So that dirty, murky water I swam in as a kid is better than the clean, clear water I swim in now?
Actually yes, for the people around the lakes who rely on the 20 to 30 billion dollar sportfishing industry that "dirty" water is the basis of their livelyhoods. Its somewhere between 6 and 10 billion for Michigan alone.
The great lakes once had the single largest freshwater commercial fishing industry in the world. Between the sea lamprey and environmentalists it was literally eliminated. The lamprey was brought under control, the environmentalists still thrive. Its a sad thing to see the old fishing boats rotting away along the shores. I suspect many more went to the bottom just to get rid of them.
posted on 09/08/2010 1:24:13 PM PDT
(Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
I actually know some commercial sport fisherman on Lake Michigan. They appear to be doing good business, but I can’t speak for the industry as a whole. Wasn’t the zebra mussel going to wipe them out?
posted on 09/08/2010 3:28:42 PM PDT
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