Friday, February 9, 2018

Michigan: DNR releases new five-year strategic plan for fisheries management

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has released a new five-year strategic plan that will guide future fisheries management activities. “Charting the Course: Fisheries Division’s Framework for Managing Aquatic Resources” expands on the DNR division's 2013-2017 plan and can be found online at michigan.gov/fishing.

The 2018-2022 Fisheries Division Strategic Plan builds upon the vision and relevant activities for managing the various components of Michigan’s fisheries that were outlined in the previous plan. These efforts are related to aquatic species, their habitats and anglers. It is designed to assist the division in meeting its long-standing responsibilities to protect, manage and enhance Michigan’s aquatic resources for the benefit of current and future generations.

“We are excited to provide citizens with this continuation of our strategic plan,” said DNR Fisheries Division Chief Jim Dexter. “We’ve spent the last year working both internally and externally to evaluate the results of that last five-year plan and enhance it to reflect our most important priorities over the next five years. The plan will help us continue to provide world-class fisheries.”

This plan again focuses on five goals: (1) Ensuring healthy aquatic ecosystems and sustainable fisheries, (2) Promoting effective communication, outreach and education, (3) Improving and building strategic resource partnerships, (4) Developing strategically focused assessment and decision support tools, and (5) Fostering efficient division operations. 


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

Contact: Todd Grischke517-284-5830 or Elyse Walter517-284-5839