*** NATURAL RESOURCES COMMISSION POLICY ***
2006 - FISH
- CHEMICAL RECLAMATION OF FISH POPULATIONS
Issued September 9, 1993
Commission Policy No. 3102 Dated: January 1, 1977
FISH - CHEMICAL RECLAMATION OF FISH POPULATIONS
The removal or thinning of undesirable fish populations by chemical means has long been a key tool in Michigan's fisheries management program. Chemical elimination of undesirable fish populations, or the drastic thinning of them, relieves this severe competition allowing gamefish to thrive and improve fishing conditions.
Partial reclamations which selectively remove individual species from populations are finding increased use among fisheries managers, because of low cost, non-interference with fishing seasons, and the general inability to achieve complete reclamations.
To improve sport fishing in Michigan, significant public waters will be reclaimed on a priority basis, using approved chemicals, after an investigation shows a clear need for the work, indicates that expected benefits will outweigh costs, and shows that the project can be carried out with a reasonable expectation of success without risking valuable associated resources, public or private. Partial reclamation shall be used where appropriate.
The procedure is contained In Fisheries Division "Policy and Procedures for the Use of Piscicides and Other Compounds" dated March 29, 1993.