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Weeks, Dale H.

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Economics


Fish trade--Great Lakes; Fisheries--Economic aspects--Great Lakes; Great Lakes


The economic problem in the Great Lakes' commercial fishing industry have been magnified by the invasion of the sea lamprey which destroyed prime species in these waters. The economic problems that occur in the Great Lakes Include the loss of high priced species, in particular, the lake trout; inefficient and costly methods of production; the need for more modern techniques for processing and marketing the catch; and the absence of uniform Industry regulation. Data from many isolated studies are brought together to get a complete picture of the industry. Periods of normal production are compared with current production in order to Judge the nature and severity of recent economic problems. Possible solutions to these problems are explored. With programs succeeding In curing the biological problems, three recommendations are made to improve the economic conditions. First, the adoption of more efficient methods of production, possibly re-organizing the producers Into cooperatives. Next, adopting new ways of processing and marketing the catch. Finally, the need for uniform regulation of the industry, considering both biological and economic factors, is recommended.


Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations.


ix, 123 pages




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