Plantings pay off
I read the Record-Eagle's Oct. 8 article, "Salmon giveaway attracts 100." It was a great community story showing how we pull together our resources for a great cause.
What the Record-Eagle didn't point out is the reason why this year's salmon run has been much better than the past few years.
A little-known fact is that the Grand Traverse Area Sport Fishing Association (GTASFA) has been planting well over 250,000 salmon fingerlings for the past five years in the Boardman River.
Our volunteers each year lower the pen-nets into the Boardman River and maintain the fingerlings until they are of a size to survive in the big water.
As a member and past president of GTASFA, as well as a charter boat captain, I was hoping just to benefit from a few more fish in my box; but seeing the big picture of helping others has made me very proud to support GTASFA.