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