DNR releases new Lake Michigan Fisheries Management Plan

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division has completed the agency’s first Lake Michigan Fisheries Management Plan. The plan can be found online through a partnership with Michigan Sea Grant at mdnrlmfmp.wordpress.com/.

The plan sets long-term vision and goals for the Lake Michigan fishery and establishes a process to continuously involve the public to seek alignment on shorter-term strategies and tactics. The plan was developed through engagement with focus groups, advisory committees, DNR staff and public meetings.

“We’re ready to start implementing the plan and to continue to receive feedback from stakeholders,” said Jay Wesley, the DNR’s Lake Michigan Basin coordinator. “As we work together to manage Lake Michigan’s world-class fishery, it’s important to have a common vision and to be adaptive in our approach to managing it. We will annually report on outcomes during the fall of each year and will also make adjustments to the plan based on public feedback and ecosystem changes.”

The plan focuses on five goals: (1) Healthy aquatic ecosystems and sustainable fish populations, (2) Providing diverse fish opportunities, (3) Strategic resource partnerships, (4) Strategically focused assessment and decision support tools, and (5) Strategic funding of plan priorities.

For more information, contact Jay Wesley at 269-685-6851, ext. 117 or wesleyj@michigan.gov.