Native species are an intrinsic part of a healthy, natural ecosystem and they are a treasured natural, tribal, recreational and economic trust species. Concerns for these species include rare or declining natural populations, inadequate information for effective conservation, habitat loss or degradation, and impacts of invasive species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s mission is to preserve and restore native species. This is done by acquiring biological information on native species’ population status/trends, habitat availability/quality, controlling nuisance species, and conserving habitat through protection, restoration, and management.
Restoration of native fish species and promoting healthy fish communities is a priority for the Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO). The station is actively involved with native species restoration and management in lakes Huron and Erie, the Huron Erie corridor, and the St. Marys River. This work is accomplished by working with state, federal, tribal, and provincial partners to recover species and gain more information about their population status, early life history and habitat requirements. Native species that Alpena FWCO routinely works with include lake trout, lake whitefish and Lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens).
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