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E-M:/ FW: DNR Hosts Public Meeting on Plan to Manage Fishery on Au Sable River from Mio to Alcona

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[mailto:DNRWIRE@LISTSERV.MICHIGAN.GOV] On Behalf Of Mary Dettloff
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 1:19 PM
Subject: DNR Hosts Public Meeting on Plan to Manage Fishery on Au Sable
River from Mio to Alcona

Feb. 21, 2008

Contacts: Steven Sendek 989-348-6371, ext. 7477 or Mary Dettloff

DNR Hosts Public Information Meeting on Plan to Manage Fishery on Au
Sable River from Mio to Alcona

A public meeting planned for Wednesday, March 5, in Mio will provide
interested citizens with an opportunity to make comments on a proposed
management plan for a section of the Au Sable River from Mio to Alcona,
according to the Department of Natural Resources. The meeting will start
at 7 p.m. at the Mio Community Center located at 305 E. Ninth St. in

The DNR's Fisheries Division is in the process of developing a
management plan for this section of the Au Sable River. In the past, the
DNR focused on providing a quality trout fishing opportunity on the
river. Recently, the Fisheries Division has received considerable input
from anglers who have an interest in fisheries management of this
section of the river. The management plan the DNR will develop will
address the potential need for regulation classifications for this
stretch of river and any additional opportunities to improve the

"The overall goal of this process is to ensure adequate protection of
our coldwater fish communities, while simultaneously providing quality
fishing opportunities for anglers," said Steve Sendek, DNR fisheries
biologist at the Grayling Field Office. "Public input in this process
is important and all comments received during this time will be
considered in final decision-making."

The Fisheries Division recently completed a "status of the fishery"
report for this section of the Au Sable River, giving a historical and
comprehensive assessment of the river. The Au Sable River - Mio to
Alcona, Status of the Fishery" report is available online on the
DNR's Web site at
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/2007-22_225164_7.pdf . This
document is a thorough review of the fishery and contains in-depth
information on the environment surrounding the river, the fish
community, a chronology of historic fisheries management activities,
current fisheries management activities, a discussion on factors
limiting rainbow trout and brown trout populations, potential future
management directions, and a discussion on the predicted outcomes of
various regulation scenarios based on fisheries population modeling.

At the Mio meeting on March 5, Sendek will present a summary of the
status report, discussing potential management recommendations and will
solicit input from interested parties. In addition, Sendek will attend
and present information at the Anglers of the Au Sable meeting on
Saturday, Feb. 23; and at the Mershon and Martuch Chapters of Trout
Unlimited meeting on Monday, March 3. Written comments can also be
directed to the DNR via email at DNR-LakeHuron@michigan.gov or via U.S.
Mail to Steve Sendek, DNR, 1955 Hartwick Pines Rd., Grayling, MI 49738.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use
and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future


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