Students from Troy Athens High School created the above documentary to raise awareness about the Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative.
Arctic Grayling are native to only three states in the US: Alaska, Montana, and Michigan. Unfortunately, the last known Grayling on record in Michigan was from 1936. The loss of Grayling came from years of habitat destruction, overfishing, and fierce competition amongst other fish. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, there were attempts to reintroduce Arctic Grayling, but it was to no avail. Another attempt was made in the 1980s by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and it was also unsuccessful.
The Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative was announced in 2016 by the Department of Natural Resources. It is in conjunction with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. The initiative has over 50 partners helping to reintroduce this lost species. They are currently deciding where the Grayling should be introduced, as well as making sure mistakes from past attempts are corrected. Below are watersheds that the Michigan DNR is considering for Arctic Grayling establishment.
For more information on the reintroduction of Arctic Grayling in Michigan check out the Michigan Grayling Initiative website.