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Conserving the Nature of America

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice

During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national fish hatcheries and national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public. Visitor centers and other facilities, however, may be closed. Scheduled events may be cancelled.

Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands. Please follow public health guidelines and avoid congregating. For more information, visit our U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coronavirus Response page and call ahead for local conditions. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.

M.V. Spencer F. Baird stocking and assessment vessel
M.V. Spencer F. Baird stocking and assessment vessel. Photo by USFWS.

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. Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office was established in 1992.

How We Help

Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office 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, 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 United States 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 staff biologists to participate in an interagency Technical Fisheries Committee. The Modeling Subcommittee recommends annual harvest limits for lake trout and lake whitefish stocks to the Committee and identifies critical data and assessment needs.