Native fish to be reintroduced after being wiped out 82 years ago

The Arctic Grayling Fish is being reintroduced around Michigan.

MANISTEE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A research project that will help reintroduce a native fish back into Michigan waters is now complete.

In 2016 a $117,175 grant was given to the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and Michigan Technological University to research the habitats of the Arctic Grayling Fish.

The Arctic Grayling was a large part of commercial fishing until it was wiped out by predators and overfishing in 1936, according to the Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative.

The initiative collected data about the fish community and the habitat in the upper Manistee River.

Officials from the initiative said the data will also help them decide which other rivers or streams could be suitable for the Arctic Grayling.

The grant also allowed the Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative to create an action plan for reintroduction, including research, management, fish production and outreach.

“We are anxious to use the information we’ve gathered on habitat and fish community data to take the next appropriate steps, ” DNR Fisheries Division Chief Jim Dexter said.

The grant was given by the Consumers Energy Foundation.

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