By Tim Kowols
The Algoma-Kewaunee Area Great Lakes Sport Fishermen group is hopeful a new net pen placed in Algoma Monday helps improve the area’s salmon population. Rather than placing young fish directly into bodies of water where they could become easy prey, the net pens protect them for up to two weeks while they grow, become imprinted with the area, and hopefully return a couple years later. Algoma-Kewaunee Area Great Lakes Sport Fishermen Vice President Ryan Baker says they have been working with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on the project and believes this will help anglers when they hit the water in areas like the Ahnapee River.
Baker says one large and two small net pens are already used in the Kewaunee-Algoma area, with hopes to add another unit in the coming years.