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Marquette Fisheries Research Station

Located in Marquette, this station conducts research and stock assessments on fish populations of Lake Superior and northern Lake Michigan.

Marquette Fisheries Research Station
484 Cherry Creek Road
Marquette, Michigan 49855

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  • Name Email Phone
    Ed Baker, Area Research Manager 906-249-1611 ext. 309
    Chris Little, Assistant Boat Captain 906-249-1611 ext. 331
    Jeanne Racine, Secretary 906-249-1611 ext. 300
    Kevin Rathbun, Boat Captain 906-249-1611 ext. 315
    Shawn Sitar, Research Biologist 906-249-1611 ext. 310
     Lydia Doerr, Fisheries Technician  906-249-1611 ext. 313
    Dan Traynor, Fisheries Technician 906-249-1611 ext. 312
    Troy Zorn, Research Biologist 906-249-1611 ext. 308
  • The Research Vessel Lake Char was christened on May 1, 2007 in Marquette's lower harbor. She is Michigan DNR's work platform to perform fisheries research on Lake Superior. "Lake Char" is a variation on the name for lake trout, the top native predator fish in Lake Superior.

    The Lake Char replaced the RV Judy, a vessel that saw 53 years of service on the Great Lakes, the last 28 years of which were with Michigan DNR. The Lake Char allows us to continue our work with tremendous improvements in safety, flexibility, and dependability. Specifically, safety advantages of the Lake Char include having twin screws so that we can still return to shore even if one engine fails; greater speed to get to safe haven when threatening weather comes on; a compartmentalized hull to greatly reduce the danger of sinking; and an enclosed work area that provides better protection from the elements. Greater flexibility comes from the capability to do all that we do presently as well as everything we foresee the need to do in the future. The Lake Char was designed and built to be dependable and low maintenance for 50+ years.

    Lake Char general information: Length - 56 feet Beam - 16 feet Draft - 4 1/2 feet Displacement - 26 tons Speed - 19 knots Hull - Aluminum displacement Year built - 2006