Seafood Watch - Seafood Guide

Whitefish, Round

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Whitefish, Lake Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Gizzard Fish, Grande Coregone, Sault Whitefish, Whitefish Lake Superior, Lake Huron Wild
Whitefish, Lake Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Gizzard Fish, Grande Coregone, Sault Whitefish, Whitefish Lake Michigan Set Gillnet
Whitefish, Lake Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Gizzard Fish, Grande Coregone, Sault Whitefish, Whitefish Lake Michigan Trap-net
Whitefish, Lake Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Gizzard Fish, Grande Coregone, Sault Whitefish, Whitefish Lake Erie Wild
Whitefish, Round Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Pilot & Frost Fish, Menominee Whitefish, Round-fish Lake Huron, Lake Michigan Wild


Round Whitefish, Wild, Great Lakes

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.

Summary

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."


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