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Rescind Michigan's Chumming Ban

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This petition is for all anglers that are against the chumming ban and would like to ask the NRC (Natural Resource Commission) to reconsider. We would like to ask the NRC to lift the chumming ban put in place in July 2016 and to instead allow chumming statewide with a limit on quantity.

The NRC’s decision was based in part on study in Oregon in 2011. The study was in regards to sodium sulfite (a preservative in egg cures) causing a possible increased mortality for juvenile salmonids. Following this study, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) asked cured egg and egg cure manufacturers to voluntarily limit the amount of sodium sulfite used in egg cures and cured eggs to comply with the new guidelines to protect juvenile fish. All major cure companies have since voluntarily complied with Oregon’s guidelines.

Products produced after Oct. 1, 2011 are labeled “meets Oregon guidelines” if they have complied with Oregon's criteria for sodium sulfite. The following manufacturers have changed their products and have now been certified as meeting ODFW guidelines.  :

Amerman’s Salmon Eggs, Crowes Bait Company, D&G Bait, Inc., Mr. Shur-Cure Bait Cure & Preserver, Nate’s Bait, Pautzke Bait Co., Inc., Sunrise Bait, TNT Bait, Triple Threat Bait, , Xtreme Northwest Bait Co. For specific product names, see link at the bottom.

Biologists for the State of Michigan deemed chumming safe and acceptable for trout and salmon. No known study has ever proven chumming to be harmful to juvenile or adult steelhead, trout, or salmon. In 2007, chumming was banned to prevent the spread of the Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia virus (VHS). The ban was lifted in 2012 because it was proven that fish eggs are NOT a vector for this disease. Salmon eggs used for chumming cannot transmit VHS. The DNR Fisheries division also concluded and stated at meetings that chumming is not creating a biological impact.

A few groups that are against chumming motivated the NRC to ban chumming this summer(2016). We are asking the NRC to consider the views of everyone in the salmon/steelhead fishing community and to consider scientific evidence.

The NRC should not rely only on the precautionary principle when adopting regulations, but instead listen to the experts in the DNR as to what is a real and credible threat. This has become primarily a social conflict on our rivers -- if we allow social conflicts to drive decision-making that should be based on science then we have violated the principle of sound scientific management.

We, anglers of Michigan, are asking for the Natural Resource Commission to rescind a full ban on chumming and limit the quantity to one quart per angler.


Photo credit: AKamphius

Chumming ban press release:,4570,7-153-10366_54559_10402-388685--20,00.html

Products meeting Oregon’s guidelines:

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