Michigan’s plan to reintroduce Arctic grayling to state waters is going swimmingly.
About 10,000 eggs were collected a week ago at the Ruth Barnett Sport Fish Hatchery in Alaska.
More than $350,000 was raised by donors and partners to upgrade the Oden State Fish Hatchery in Emmet County.
Plans are under way to install an ultraviolet water disinfection system by mid-August to protect the fish from potential diseases which is a critical step to safely cultivating the fish.
Scientific evaluations will continue on the Manistee River and begin on the Jordan, Maple and Boardman rivers to determine suitability for reintroduction.
Arctic Grayling thrived in Northern Michigan’s coldwater streams until habitat destruction from logging, overfishing and predatory species caused the local extinction of this iridescent fish by the 1930s.