Does It Matter Where the Lake Erie Walleye on Your Plate Is From?

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Did you know it is illegal for commercial fishermen to net walleye in the state of Ohio?

But just across the border in Ontario, commercial fishing of the walleye is allowed. The freshwater fish are coming from the same lake, but they are taking a longer trip to your plate.

Even with a population estimated to be at 23 million fish on the U.S. side, most of the walleye sold in the United States is imported from Canada. That doesn't make much sense in Ohio, where it could be a considered a local food, instead of one that has to travel for days before it hits restaurants or store shelves.

Read the article to find out all the concerns in play, and why the locavore movement is somewhat stuck on dry land.

(Image credits: Bob Perkoski/Belt Magazine)