Todd Griscke, DNR Fisheries Division Assistant Chief, speaks during this DNR podcast on Michigan's Arctic Grayling Initiative and the partnership's efforts to restore grayling into Michigan waters and create self-sustaining populations for generations to come. If you w...

Troy Athens High School students took on the Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative work as this year's major documentary to create in their film and video class. We are very excited to share this video with you - take a look:  Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative doc...

Salmo Java coffee roasters provide "coffee for people who love the outdoors" and is Michigan made, veteran owned and offer organic and fair trade coffee. They are also now a supporter of the Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative! The Mexican Chiapas Arctic Grayling blend...

The Iron Fish Distillery located in Thompsonville, Michigan is supporting the Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative by offering a line of farm distilled whiskeys that provide a significant donation toward the reintroduction effort. These special release whiskeys are focu...

November 13, 2019

Various partners of the Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative gathered in Manistee on October 8, 2019 for an annual meeting. Presentations were given on work conducted on behalf of the initiative over the past year. Those in attendance heard about the following:

Fish prod...

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...

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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 50 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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