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Managing fisheries in treaty areas
The entire state of Michigan is covered by several federal treaties that exist between the United States government and tribes residing in Michigan.
Two treaty areas are currently subject to fishing by tribes:
- The Treaty of Washington, signed in 1836, covers the eastern Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula.
- The Treaty of La Pointe, signed in 1842, covers the western U.P. and areas of northern Wisconsin.
The DNR's Tribal Coordination Unit implements formal and informal fishing agreements between the state and tribal entities. We also coordinate with other agencies on projects of mutual interest to the state and tribes. Our work spans both inland and Great Lakes waters and covers a variety of species and life stages of fish, with the goal of protecting sustainability and enjoyment of this shared natural resource.
Great Lakes and inland lakes co-management
Featured field work, outcomes
Learn about some of the current studies on Great Lakes and inland waters in Michigan's treaty areas.
Lake trout populations are managed to promote long term sustainability of the fisheries and to support the overall stability of the Great Lakes ecology.
Contact Tribal Coordination staff
- Dave Caroffino, unit manager
- Steve Lenart, research biologist
- Ben Rook, research biologist
- Emily Martin, fisheries biologist
- Eric Crissman, fisheries technician supervisor
- Tyler Walls, fisheries technician (Marquette)
- Michael Glubzinski, fisheries biologist (Marquette)
- Tyler Punke, fisheries technician (Charlevoix)