How Chicago Lost Its Commercial Fishing Industry | Forbes

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As late as the 1950’s, Chicago commercial fisherman pulled in over a million pounds of fish annually. But invasive species, overfishing, and the city’s favoring of sport fishing have reduced active commercial fishing licenses to just one.

So, what does the commercial fishing industry in Chicago look like today, and who are the few remaining players in the market? What happens to a family company when business runs dry? Forbes speaks with descendants of Chicago’s most powerful commercial fishing families to better understand how one of the most profitable industries in the region dried up in less than a century.

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