Dr. Howard Tanner and Coho Salmon

April 23, 2010


Planted fish in Lake MichiganLast night I went to a meeting of the Grand Haven Steelheaders and heard a talk by Dr. Howard Tanner, father of the salmon fishery in the Great Lakes.  I picked up this chart of trout and salmon that are being caught and heard about how Dr. Tanner was able to obtain coho eggs from Oregon when they became available.  His idea, to release salmon into the Great Lakes was a great success.  On the West coast, salmon live in the Pacific and then run upstream to spawn.  Some thought these anadromous fish could not live in the freshwater Great Lakes.  This was wrong.  The fish grew big in four of the the Great Lakes to the delight of sports fishers. Since Lake Erie is a warm water fishery, that is the exception.   It was a very interesting talk by a very interesting man who is now 86.

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