The Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, announced a proposed initiative in June 2016 that aims to bring back an extirpated species to the state – Arctic grayling.  The Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative seeks to establish self-sustaining populations of this species throughout its historical range in Michigan. The initiative has more than 45 partners collaborating on the reintroduction.

The next steps include identifying interest and abilities of partners, collecting baseline data, initiating the building of broodstock and stocking efforts. The Manistee River watershed, once known as a premier grayling river, will be the first location for reintroduction.

The DNR will work closely with partners as the proposed Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative moves forward. The Little River Band, located in Manistee County, has been engaged in extensive research for potential grayling reintroduction for several years.

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July 29, 2019

Michigan is one step closer to bringing Arctic grayling back to state waters. The ultraviolet water disinfection system at Oden State Fish Hatchery in Emmet County has been installed, meaning the facility is ready to welcome juvenile Arctic grayling. 

“With the completi...

June 18, 2019

A handful of Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division staff traveled to Fairbanks, Alaska from May 1-9 to participate in and document the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s annual Arctic grayling egg-take and spawning effort.

Michigan staff saw first...

June 5, 2019

Michigan’s plan to reintroduce Arctic grayling to state waters is taking a big leap forward, courtesy of some generous donors and partners.

Plans are under way to install an ultraviolet water disinfection system at the DNR’s Oden State Fish Hatchery in Emmet County. The...

November 30, 2018

Various partners of the Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative met in Traverse City on October 29 to discuss work from the past year. Folks in attendance heard about the following:

Stream Prioritization

Troy Zorn, a fisheries research biologist with the Michigan Department...

November 20, 2018

Trout Unlimited made a $25,000 donation for the reintroduction of Arctic Grayling into northern Michigan streams. The donation was announced by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, foundational partners of the Michigan A...

Michigan's historic effort to reintroduce Arctic Grayling to the state’s waters will be supported by a $5,000 grant from the Oleson Foundation to the Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division. 

To develop Michigan’s broodstock, the DNR plans to source wil...

Arctic Grayling Reintroduction supported by grant from Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation. 

Michigan’s historic effort to reintroduce Arctic Grayling to Michigan waters will be supported by a grant of $11,000 from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Communit...

Michigan Arctic Grayling habitat better understood following research project funded by Consumers Energy Foundation. 

Last year the Department of Natural Resources, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and Michigan Technical University received a $117,175 grant from Cons...

The Michigan DNR Fisheries Division, in partnership with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, and other partners are moving forward on a plan to reintroduce Arctic Grayling (grayling) to select Michigan streams.  The Manistee River system was chosen as the initial...

Independent foundation to support Michigan’s Arctic Grayling Initiative research project. 

The Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division was recently awarded a $180,000 grant from the Henry E. and Consuelo S. Wenger Foundation to support an upcoming research p...

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