The mission of the DNR Fisheries Division is to protect and enhance fish environments, habitat, populations, and other forms of aquatic life and promote optimum use of these resources for the benefit of the people of Michigan.
Revenue from fishing and hunting license sales supports DNR activities to enhance Michigan’s natural resources. The license sales also increase federal revenue to the State of Michigan for the management of these resources. Please help to support Michigan’s abundant natural resources by purchasing a fishing and hunting license each year. Learn more at michigan.gov/itsyournature.
Fisheries Division Appropriation Budget:
Fiscal Year 2013-2014 ($30,233,000)
Game and Fish Protection Fund:
The funds are mainly derived from fishing and hunting license revenues and all monies are earmarked for fishing- and hunting-related operations.
Federal Fund: $11,262,200 (37%)
Our primary federal funding source is the Sport Fish Restoration fund, which comes from a federal excise tax on fishing equipment and a portion of the federal fuel tax revenue attributed to motorboats. Michigan received $11.6 million in fiscal year 2013 (seventh highest in the nation) based on a distribution formula of land/water area and number of state fishing license holders. Of this amount, $9.9 million was used for Fisheries Division programs. The remaining $1.7 million was used by Parks and Recreation Division for projects in support of fishing and boating.
Other Funds: $1,269,200 (4%)
State general fund/general purpose, litigation settlement and private funds.
Appropriations by Program
Cormorant Population Mitigation Programs:
Expenditures are for the protection and maintenance of healthy Great Lakes and inland waters and fish communities and for the rehabilitation of those species and habitats that have been degraded.
Fish Production Program: $9,161,400 (30%)
Expenditures are for the hatching, rearing and transportation of fish required for management of both the Great Lakes and inland fisheries.
Aquatic Resource Mitigation Program:
Expenditures are for the mitigation of damages from development projects in Michigan waters. Funds are used for fish habitat rehabilitation, for the protection of intact habitat as compensation for damages, and to improve fishing access.
Other sources of information:
Great Lakes Fishery
Great Lakes Fishery Trust:
Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council:
Great Lakes Council of the
Federation of Fly Fishers:
Michigan Charter Boat
Michigan Council of
and Salmon Fishermen’s
Michigan Sea Grant:
Recreational Boat and
Great Lakes Indian Fish
& Wildlife Commission:
Report All Poaching Call 800-292-7800
Regulations in red are new this year.
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