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Campaign to reintroduce Arctic Grayling fish in Michigan kicks off

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Dozens of organizations are kicking off a public fundraising campaign to bring back Arctic Grayling fish to Michigan waters.

The native fish were wiped out starting in the late 1800's, but had previously flourished in rivers in the Northern Lower Peninsula.

Now the non-profit ReWild Michigan is raising money to reintroduce the fish.

Right now, they're about $100,000 away from buying an important piece of equipment that will help get the fish back into our waters.

“It’s important for us to recognize the significance of this fish and why it should be here,” said ReWild Michigan Cofounder, Dani Knoph. “It reminds us of our history and the importance of conservation and it’s just beautiful. It’s a beautiful piece of our natural heritage.”

Right now, they are working to determine the best environments for the fish, and say it likely won't be until 2023 before they are back in the water.

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