(Wild-caught from Lake Huron, Lake Michigan)
Although there is uncertainty in the population size of round whitefish in the Great Lakes, regulations help protect the fish and their habitat from overfishing or harmful fishing gear types.
Menominee Whitefish, Pilot Fish, Frost Fish, Round-fish
The round whitefish fishery in the Great Lakes is a small and seasonal fishery. Most round whitefish are caught as an "alternate" or "incidental" catch, or by tribe-licensed fisheries in Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. As such, round whitefish is not well studied and few data exist on population size, distribution or habitat quality.
There are no catch limits set for round whitefish and no valid population estimates, so it is unknown if overfishing is occurring. However, management of the round whitefish fishery restricts the type of gear that can be used and the number of boats that can fish.
Management of round whitefish is considered moderately effective and therefore we recommend round whitefish as a "Good Alternative."