- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) - A state agency and a Native American tribe are teaming up on a plan to return the Arctic grayling to Michigan waters.

The initiative was announced Thursday during a meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission.

The grayling is a slate-blue fish with a dorsal fin that is part of the salmon family. It once was abundant in the state but died out because of overfishing and damage to their stream habitat, primarily from logging.

Previous efforts to bring the grayling back have failed. The Department of Natural Resources and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians hope for better results this time.

The initial target for reintroduction in the next few years will be the Manistee River watershed, where baseline data will be collected and stocking attempted.

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