16 images Created 4 Feb 2017
Lake Winnipeg's freshwater fish have an important economic and ecological role in the Hudson Bay drainage basin. The "inland sea" hosts more species than any other in the 3.8 million sq. km. basin, and it has provided food and livelihood for indigenous and settler peoples for centuries. A commercial fishery started in the 1870s; today it is worth about $20 million and employs roughly 800 fishers. But now is also a time of change: scientists and environmental watch groups are expressing concern about the impacts of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, climate change, and mismanagement. Stocks of pickerel--the most lucrative catch--appear to be down. The pictures here depict commercial fishing today; to come are images that reflect the concerns for tomorrow.