The Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers recently signed the 20th company to the 100% fish pledge, committing to fully use the region’s whitefish, lake trout, yellow perch, walleye and white sucker. The effort aims to improve the sustainability and value of commercially caught fish, which are used primarily for their fillets, as about 60% of the remaining fish becomes low-value animal feed or is discarded. Read the full story by The Mining Journal.

The DeTour Reef Light in northern Lake Huron has expanded its lighthouse keeper program, previously only available on weekends, to include weeknight stays for $50 per person per night. The 83-foot lighthouse, built in 1931, is a strategic and historic landmark that marks a dangerous reef to help guide ship traffic to and from Lake Huron and Lake Superior via the St. Marys River. Read the full story by The Detroit Free Press.

In northwest Ohio, WIN Waste Innovations is seeking Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval to expand its landfill. Because the landfill lies within the vicinity of Lake Erie tributary watersheds, residents fear toxins from the landfill could affect water quality all the way to Lake Erie, and they worry that an expansion of the landfill could worsen the negative environmental impact in their towns. Read the full story by The Beacon.

A study in Niagara County, New York, determined sport fishing put $58.55 million into the local economy in 2022. One facet of the county’s success story is the fishing pens operated and maintained by the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association. The Niagara County Legislature will be looking at a resolution to grant the volunteer group $4,000 for the repair and replacement of those pens. Read the full story by The Lockport Union-Sun & Journal.