The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has agreed to a permit allowing Harrietta Hills Trout Farm LLC, to take over the small scale fish hatchery on the East Branch of Au Sable.
The permit lets the 20,000 pound/year tourist attraction grow to a 300,000 pound/year fish factory – the biggest in Michigan. It will create two new jobs – and endanger the economy of the entire region.
The DEQ permit would allow:
• Massive pollution from fish farm, which can cause algae blooms that reduce dissolved oxygen and ultimately impacts the fishery.
• Increased risk of whirling disease.
• Fish escapement.
• No financial responsibility required of the trout factory. Any environmental catastrophe will be cleaned up at tax payer expense, not the trout farm.
Anglers is leading the fight.
Here’s what could happen if this permit is allowed to stand:
We’ve invested more than $100,000 over the past two years.
It will cost $150,000 more to win this battle. And our experts say we can win!
We need your help – today!
Please make your check of any amount to: Anglers of the Au Sable
Please send your donation to:
Anglers of the Au Sable
P O Box 200
Grayling, MI 49738
Or give your donation to any Angler’s board member .
Or donate online.
The Au Sable River and its healthy wild trout thank you!
Here are a few other recent reports on the issue of fish farming that will affect the Great Lakes:
Battle brewing over fish farming in Great Lakes
Brian Burroughs Interview (Go to September 15th edition)