Who We Are
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Program has played a vital role in conserving America's fisheries since 1871, partnering with states, tribes, federal agencies, other Service programs, and private interests in efforts to conserve fish and other aquatic resources. The Fisheries Program provides a broad network of on-the-ground expertise that is unique in its geographic coverage, its array of scientific capabilities, and its ability to work strategically across political and jurisdictional boundaries.
How We Help
The Alpena FWCO meets Service fishery goals in Lake Huron, western Lake Erie, and connecting waterways of the St. Marys River, St. Clair River and Detroit River through partnerships with state, federal, tribal, provincial, local, and regional entities; partnerships encourage cooperative conservation, and restoration and management of the fishery resources of the Great Lakes Basin. We work to investigate and restore native fish species like lake trout and lake sturgeon, monitor for and educate about the threats of aquatic invasive species, restore aquatic habitat that benefits fish and wildlife, and assist tribal and National Wildlife Refuge partners with fishery issues.
Tribal Trust Responsibilities
Conserving U.S. fish and other aquatic resources cannot be successful without the partnership of tribes. They manage or influence some of the most important aquatic habitats both on and off reservations. In addition, the federal government and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have distinct and unique obligations toward tribes based on trust responsibility, treaty provisions, and statutory mandates.
Allocation of fisheries between tribal commercial and non-tribal sport anglers in 1836 Treaty Ceded waters were negotiated by parties and a settlement was reached in August 2000. The U.S. government, plaintiff tribes, and the state of Michigan signed the 2000 Consent Decree, which dictates the allocation of fisheries through 2020. The implementation of the agreement and the management of shared fisheries require Alpena FWCO staff biologists to participate in an interagency Technical Fisheries Committee (TFC). The Modeling Subcommittee recommends annual harvest limits for lake trout and lake whitefish stocks to the TFC and identifies critical data and assessment needs.