In Michigan, fish and freshwater are a package deal. Without one, you don’t have the other. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported last week that the commercial fishing industry reeled in 3.6 million pounds of fish last year, amounting to $5.53 million in revenue. While still a huge catch, the totals are 150,000 pounds less than fishermen caught in 2012. Some say that this winter’s historic Great Lakes ice cover may be a boom for the fishing industry because some species thrive under ice cover and in chillier waters. With the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) declaring the “Year of Water” upon us, and Michigan’s water-related industries driving our blue economy, this should be the year to boost the quality and quantity of freshwater and fisheries.