Points North: A standoff over commercial fishing in Michigan

Jan 9, 2021


Robert Ruleau III isn't allowed to catch whitefish this year because the Department of Natural Resources didn't renew his commercial fishing license. His trawler is sitting on the docks.
Credit Robert Ruleau III

A dispute between Michigan's Department of Natural Resources and the commercial fishing industry is heading to court. 


The state announced it will prohibit fishing in water deeper than 80 feet and other restrictions commercial fishers say will mean the end of their livelihoods. 


That could mean if you visit a fish and chips stand in Michigan this summer, they might not be selling fish from the Great Lakes.