Trout Unlimited tells us that there was once an abundant population of coaster brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) across Lake Superior that drew anglers from across the country. Over-fishing, introduction of new species and the destruction of the trout’s habitat reduced the coasters’ numbers to today’s small populations.
According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Salmon Trout River in northern Marquette County is thought to be the only location for natural reproduction of the coaster brook trout in Michigan. Today, 26 governmental agencies, tribal entities, non-profit organizations and universities from across Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ontario are working together to rehabilitate the coaster brook trout.
Is this mine worth the risk to another irreplaceable species?
- Trout Unlimited Lake Superior Coaster Brook Trout Initiative from Trout Unlimited
- Rehabilitating the Legendary Coaster Brook Trout from the Michigan DNR.
- Metallic Sulfide Mining: A Threat to Coaster Brook Trout, National Wildlife Federation white paper