Fisheries Report 09 Executive Summary

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Fisheries Report 09, 2015

Status and Trends of Michigan Stream Resources, 2002-2007

Todd C. Wills
Lake St. Clair Fisheries Research Station, Michigan Department of Natural Resources,
33135 South River Road, Harrison Township, Michigan 48045

Troy G. Zorn
Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Marquette Fisheries Research Station,
484 Cherry Creek Road, Marquette, Michigan 49855

Daniel B. Hayes
Michigan State University, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife,
334C Natural Resources Building, East Lansing, Michigan 48824

Kevin E. Wehrly
Institute for Fisheries Research, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and
University of Michigan, 400 North Ingalls Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

 

Executive Summary

Science-based management of aquatic resources requires high-quality information that is readily available to managers and stakeholders. Collecting and distributing this information is an essential role of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and helps the DNR to fulfill its public trust mission. This report, Status and Trends of Michigan Stream Resources, 2002-2007, provides comprehensive information needed to understand and effectively manage Michigan streams.

This report represents the first statewide assessment of stream resources and is intended for use by scientists, managers, policy makers, and the public. It provides an up-to-date summary of information on streams and characterizes the broad scale patterns in stream habitat, fish community structure, and fish population characteristics. The findings presented here document the current status of selected stream resources and establish the baseline conditions against which future monitoring results can be compared.

Michigan's streams are an abundant, diverse, and valuable resource. A growing list of environmental issues place ever-increasing demands on stream habitats, fishes and other aquatic life. The findings of this report and the continued assessment efforts of the DNR will help in the conservation and enhancement of stream resources and in the optimum use of stream resources for the benefit of the people of Michigan.