• Our fisheries research section provide crucial information on how to manage Michigan's fisheries. The section includes biologists, analysts and technicians who work closely with other partners including universities and other government agencies. There are five research stations throughout the state as well as the Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management (PERM) researchers located at various universities.

  • Fisheries Division Library

    Home to various Status of the Fisheries Resource, Research, Management and Technical reports. 

  • Research Vessel Fact Sheet PDF icon

    We operate four research vessels (RV) and one survey vessel (SV) to investigate, monitor and evaluate the status of aquatic habitats and fisheries resources of the Great Lakes. Work performed by these vessels includes evaluations of fish population abundance levels, survival, age structure, growth, behavioral patterns, movements, reproductive ecology, as well as diet for fish stocks. Work conducted on DNR vessels often involves collaboration with other state, federal and tribal agencies.