$70,000 grant awarded to the Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative

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The Consumers Energy Foundation provided the $70,000 grant to support the Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative.

MICHIGAN, USA — A Consumers Energy Foundation grant to the Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative is supporting efforts to bring Arctic grayling back to Michigan waters.

The arctic grayling is native to Michigan and named after the town of Grayling in Crawford County.

Arctic grayling, which belongs to the salmon family, has been extirpated from the state due to three main factors, each caused by humans: habitat destruction, unregulated harvesting, and predation/competition with an introduced species of trout. Arctic graylings have not been seen in the state since the 1930s.

The Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative is a program that hopes to reintroduce arctic graylings to the Michigan rivers and streams they once called home. The initiative, which was initially launched in late 2018, has more than 40 partners collaborating on the reintroduction.

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The grant, totaling $70,000, will help fund an evaluation of several types of chambers for rearing Arctic grayling eggs in Michigan’s waterways.

There have been successful efforts to restock Montana waters with arctic grayling through remote site incubator designs, but it’s unclear whether these methods will work in Michigan. This new project will evaluate alternative approaches to designing remote site incubators in laboratory and stream environments to determine which will be the most efficient and reliable for Michigan stream environments.

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“This is the second contribution we’ve received from the Consumers Energy Foundation since we launched our initiative to bring arctic grayling back to Michigan,” said MNR Fisheries Division Chief Jim Dexter. “Through their partnership, we are able to move closer to our goals and experience success.”

For more information on the history of arctic grayling in Michigan, visit MiGrayling.org.

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