Moments in Time: The Decline of Isle Royale Commercial Fishing

Barnum Island, showing Johns Hotel complex
Barnum Island, showing Johns Hotel complex

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Howard Sivertson is a descendent of an Isle Royale fishing family. His family has a connection to the island that spans over 118 years. The lifestyle of Howard’s family changed dramatically over time when Isle Royale National Park was established in 1941. On this edition of Moments in Time, Howard shares his experience surrounding the decline of commercial fishing on the island, and the beginning of the park.

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service via Wikimedia, taken in 1896.

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