New limits on smelting
As the smelt run begins in the Duluth area, people who harvest the silvery forage fish are being told they can be used only for eating, not as bait.
The message is being spread in an effort to limit the movement of VHS, a virus that has caused fish kills elsewhere on the Great Lakes. The disease is not harmful to humans.
"We're saying go ahead and harvest, but do it for consumption only," said Mike Scott, a DNR conservation officer specializing in invasive species.