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The Research Section provides 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 Michigan State University.

Cultural or Scientific Research Permits

Information (including land use permits) for conducting research activities on state land.

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Status of the Fishery Resource Reports

Status of the Fishery Resource Reports contain the results of major fisheries surveys on Michigan lakes and rivers.

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Fisheries Library

The Fisheries Division Library, located at the Institute for Fisheries Research, was established in 1930 to serve the fisheries biologists of the Michigan Department of Conservation. The library now serves the fisheries biologists of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources; University of Michigan faculty, staff and students of the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS); and the Exhibit Museum of Natural History. The collection consists of more than 700 books; thousands of reports and reprints from around the world; and several journal, magazine, and newsletter subscriptions.

For assistance, contact Tina Tincher, 734-356-1934

For Research, Technical and Special/Management reports published before 2005,  please use the searchable database hosted by the University of Michigan.