Your Green Life: "Eating Fresh Local Fish"

By KBJR News 1

December 6, 2012 Updated Dec 6, 2012 at 7:54 AM CDT

Duluth, MN
Lake Superior is driving our local economy. Tourists from near and far visit the ports and the shorelines of the lake to take in its natural beauty. But tourists also are interested in what comes out of the lake. And everyone knows that the best smoked fish can only be found here.

The owner at the Northern Waters Smokehaus in Canal Park, Eric Goerdt said, "When tourists come into the shop, they want what comes from Lake Superior. They look at my fish case and they say, what's from Lake Superior? So we sell a lot of whitefish and lake trout, and I buy that from local fisherman so it does help the local economy."

Whenever I go to the grocery store, I try to buy wild caught lake superior fish. This ensures I am supporting my local economy, while knowing I have the freshest fish on my plate.

But recently there is another fish making a splash. The Lake Herring was very popular in the 20's and 30's but because of invasive species the population crashed. Now the northern delicacy is making a huge comeback.

"Minnesota really, I think, has a sustainably managed population. They have a quota system in place now so that as the population goes up the quota goes up and as the population goes down the quota goes down." Says Jeff Gunderson, with UMD and Sea Grant Program.

Lake Herring, also known as Cisco, has a cyclical population, meaning it fluctuates up and down depending on the year. Jeff Gunderson of Sea Grant, says we should harvest this delectable fish, but do so responsibly.

"It's a recovering kind of fishery and baring any other invasive species or other things happening I think we are on a good trend." said Gunderson.

Herring is high in omega–3's and protein, and tends to have low mercury compared to larger fish.

Meteorologist Adam Lorch