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Great Lakes fish farming debate picks up speed in Michigan legislature

Jon Harrison
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The debate over Great Lakes fish farming is picking up speed in Lansing, where two hearings are scheduled this week on competing Republican bills that would either expand or outright ban commercial net-pen aquaculture in Michigan waters.

Proponents of fish farms in the Great Lakes say they could help the state supply the nation's appetite for seafood, but Michigan sporting and environmental groups are lining up in opposition to proposals they say threaten an existing $7 billion fishing industry with concentrated "fish poo."

"I'm all about jobs and job security, but I don't think it's worth the risk to the Great Lakes," said Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, who introduced H.B. 5255 on Jan. 27 and, with the backing of the Michigan Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus, was able to hustle the bill into a natural resources committee hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

For the full article, see Garret Ellison, "Great Lakes fish farming debate picks up speed in Michigan legislature", MLive, February 2, 2016.

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