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Cuts in salmon stocking proposed for Lake Michigan

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — Michigan fisheries officials are considering making significant cuts in the stocking of Chinook salmon in Lake Michigan for the next few years, and are asking for public comment at a meeting next week. says that fisheries managers in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana will set a stocking policy for Lake Michigan salmon and trout by the fall.

The workshop is 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 14 at Lake Michigan College's Napier Avenue Campus in Benton Harbor.

Fisheries officials are considering proposals to cut stocking level by up to half because of what they say is a predator-prey imbalance of Chinook and alewives.

Biologists say if too many salmon and trout are in the lake, baitfish decline and salmon starve or fall prey to disease.