Restoring Fish Habitat in the St. Clair River Celebration

Date: May 1, 2012
Location: Michigan DNR North Channel Boat Ramp, south of Algonac on M-29

Construction on the Middle Channel Reef Fish Habitat Restoration Project has begun! Please join Michigan Sea Grant and our project partners at a special event to help celebrate the restoration and to learn more about the project.

The project is aimed at strengthening native fish populations in Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River. The event is set for Tuesday, May 1 (rain date: May 2). Members of the media and special guests are invited to take a boat tour of the reef construction site in the St. Clair River at 10 a.m. RSVPs are required for the boat tour. There will be a public reception at 11 a.m.

The Middle Channel reefs that are under construction are designed to benefit several fish species that are threatened or endangered in Michigan. These include lake sturgeon, mooneye, northern madtom catfish and river redhorse sucker. Popular sport fish walleye and commercially important lake whitefish will also benefit. Many of these fish migrate great distance from where they are born; and the Middle Channel reefs will enhance fish communities in lakes St. Clair, Erie and Huron.

The Middle Channel reef project is aGLRI project supported by grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Led by Michigan Sea Grant, this project is part of a long-term collaboration among federal, state and private groups interested in studying and restoring the Huron-Erie Corridor.

Contact Mary Bohling, Michigan State University Extension at (313) 757-7365 or bohling@msu.edu for more information.

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