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Article source: Great Lakes Echo

By Jake Christie

Whitefish in the Great Lakes region could offer more than just filets.

The fish could be used for makeup, wallets and supplements.

That could happen as a result of the “100% Whitefish” campaign spearheaded by the Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers, a coalition of state and provincial leaders from around the region.

The campaign is pushing for commercial fisheries to use more than just the filets, said David Naftzger, the organization’s executive director.

Using whitefish for more than food isn’t a new idea.

Fisheries in the region have been using fish guts and carcasses for fertilizer and their Y-bones for sausage, said Charles Henriksen, who has owned and operated Henriksen Fisheries in Ellison Bay, Door County, Wisconsin, for over 30 years. The company sells whitefish at retail and wholesale.

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