The cover of the 2017-’26 Lake Michigan Integrated Fisheries Management Plan is dominated by a photograph of a body of water beset by wind-tossed waves.
The choice of image is appropriate and surely was intentional on the part of the Department of Natural Resources. For acknowledging up front the big pond is in flux and perhaps even peril, the fisheries managers deserve credit. Click on the following two sentences to access the full story.
Lake Michigan has been whipped by change since the arrival of European settlers on its shores. And the pace of negative ecological impacts accelerated tremendously since the mid-1900’s, especially due to an onslaught of aquatic invasive species brought in through international shipping.