Door and Kewaunee Counties Lead the Region in 100% Fish Movement

Dramm Corporation, Lindal Fisheries, and Dan’s Fish Sign Pledge
to prevent waste and promote the sustainable use of Great Lakes fish

(Door and Kewaunee Counties, Wisconsin) – Three more local companies—Lindal Fisheries, Dramm Corporation and Dan’s Fish, Inc.–signed on to the “100% Great Lakes Fish Pledge” today, publicly committing to using 100% of each commercially caught Great Lakes fish productively by 2025. As part of the pledge, the companies will also help communicate to other companies in the fish supply chain about opportunities for innovative applications for fish byproducts including fertilizer, protein, marine collagen, leather, or other new, high-value products.

These three companies join Henriksen Fisheries, Baileys Harbor Fish Company and J&M Fisheries that signed the pledge a few weeks ago, bringing participation from Door and Kewaunee Counties to six companies. 20 companies overall have now signed the pledge.

This pledge is part of the 100% Great Lakes Fish initiative created by the Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers (GSGP), an organization representing the Governors of the Great Lakes States and the Canadian Premiers of Ontario and Québec.

“With six companies working to expand and develop new products, Door and Kewaunee Counties are quickly becoming regional leaders in fully using commercially caught fish from the Great Lakes,” David Naftzger, GSGP Executive Director said. “The commitment of these companies will help create a more sustainable fishery with benefits for our economy, our environment and our people.”

The Great Lakes are home to a sizeable commercial fishery, but only the fillets of these fish are usually eaten while the remaining 60% of the fish is often relegated to inexpensive uses or discarded.

The project and pledge are the first of its kind in the region. They build on the work Iceland pioneered with their “100% fish strategy” and with other species elsewhere globally. The utilization rate of the Icelandic cod has increased from 40%, when utilization was almost exclusively filets to eat, to more than 90%, including high-value byproducts such as skin and collagen. These byproducts are processed into a variety of food and non-food products, raising the value of each fish.

“My family has been involved with commercial fishing on Wisconsin waters for over 100 years. We do not take the opportunity to do so, or this resource for granted,” Dan Lindal, owner of Lindal Fisheries, said. “We are strong advocates for the preservation and sustainability of the fishery, and consider this pledge to be a privilege and a great business opportunity to share ideas and technology with other like-minded businesses.”

Fritz Dramm, Fertilizer Production and Compliance Manager with Dramm Corporation, said, Fritz Dramm, Fertilizer Production and Compliance Manager with Dramm Corporation, said, to continuing to collaborate with its partners on both sides of the Great Lakes to achieve this goal. Drammatic® liquid fish fertilizer is not only a great input for organic agriculture and helpful bio-stimulant for soil, but it also provides for an ecologically sound recovery of nutrients which would otherwise be lost to conventional methods of waste collection.”

Dan Schwarz, owner of Dan’s Fish, Inc., said “Dan’s Fish, Inc. has been and will continue to be committed to the 100% use of fish being harvested from the Great Lakes. With the inclusion of our company to this project, it only reemphasizes our commitment to this worthy goal.” Companies participating in the 100% Great Lakes Fish Pledge include:

• A&A Marine Foods
• All Temp Foods
• Bodin Fisheries
• Baileys Harbor Fish Co.
• Dan’s Fish, Inc.
• Dramm Corporation
• Euclid Fish Company
• First Catch LLC
• Fiskur Leather
• Fortune Fish & Gourmet
• Great Lakes Food Co.
• Henriksen Fisheries
• J&M Fisheries
• John O’s Foods
• Lindal Fisheries
• Motor City Seafood
• Presteve Foods
• Red Cliff Fish Co.
• Taylor Fish Co.
• VanLandschoot & Sons Fish Market
Companies that are also interested in joining the pledge should contact John Schmidt with the GSGP staff at [email protected] More information on 100% Great Lakes Fish including a copy of the Pledge is available at
– Lindal Fisheries: Dan Lindal, owner — [email protected] or 920-737-9793
– Dramm Corporation: Jessica Reinhardt, Public Relations & Marketing Manager —
[email protected] or 920-645-6421
– Dan’s Fish Company: Dan Schwarz, owner –[email protected] or 920-559-7802
The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers unites the chief executives from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Québec and Wisconsin.
The Governors and Premiers work as equal partners to grow the region’s $6 trillion economy and protect the world’s largest system of surface fresh water.