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The Day Minnesota Died



Minnesota is undergoing a major crisis. The walleye population is crashing. Not even the Northwest with its salmon has a cultural relationship with a fish like the people of Minnesota and the walleye. So this is a major crisis. Basically, too many people are fishing for them. This is a good overview of the complexity of the issue, even if it inexcusably starts by semi-blaming Chippewa fishing rights. This year, no walleye for dinner. It’s all going to be catch and release. This already reminds me of the declining fishing industries in the Northwest and New England, with outrage, political concerns threatening to overwhelm species management, and fears about regional identity. But basically, there aren’t enough fish. People have to stop catching and eating them if they want the fish to exist.

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