320px-Atlantic_salmon_smoltsBy Beth LeBlanc

Jerry Romanowski watched thousands of 6-inch Atlantic salmon dance across the water Tuesday, minutes after they dove into Lexington State Harbor.

Romanowski, a director of the Flint River Valley Steelheaders, drove from Lapeer to set off small fireworks to scare cormorants hoping to make an easy meal of the young fish.

“It’s important for the fishermen,” he said. “Fishing brings a lot of money into Michigan, a ton of money.”

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources hopes Tuesday’s deposit of about 19,500 Atlantic salmon at the Lexington State Harbor will increase salmon stocks in Lake Huron.

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