The Michigan Administrative Board approved the Department of Management and Budget's recommendation for a contractor to harvest and purchase surplus salmon at six state-owned harvest weir sites. The Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians with headquarters located at Sault Ste Marie, submitted the winning bid.
The winning bid was one of the two proposals from bidders received by DMB before June 3 deadline. The other proposal was submitted by Noble Limited, of Grand Rapids.
The terms of the contract require the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians to provide all of the labor and operational costs to remove salmon from the weirs, under MDNR direction. In addition, the tribe will pay the State of Michigan approximately $185,000 for the estimated fall 1996 salmon run at six sites, located at the Little Manistee River Weir (Manistee), the lower and Upper Platte River weirs (Honor), Medusa Creek Weir (Charlevoix), the Boardman River Weir( Traverse City ), and the Swan River Weir ( Rogers City).