VIDEO: Fishery restoration success! Watch how Saginaw Bay was restored from “dead sea” to one of the best fisheries in America

Over hundreds of years, logging, agriculture and heavy industrial development released significant run-off into the Saginaw Bay watershed.

That contamination destroyed much of the native fish population and their breeding reefs throughout the bay, threatening not just the environment but the economy of multiple fishing communities across Michigan.

It’s easy to imagine that fish are always abundant and they’re always there, but that’s not always the case,” says Dr. David Fielder, Ph.D Research Biologist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, as he reflects on the decline of natural fish habitat in Saginaw Bay, Michigan.

Coreyon is a recently released 15-minute film detailing the culmination of years of work by the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network ‘s Coreyon Reef Project, which rebuilt these historic fish spawning habitats and restored a resilient and diverse fish population throughout the Bay.

Photo of stainless steel Walleye (probably the world’s most delicious freshwater fish) is by Steve Nielsen from Pixabay.

Watch full 15-minute video.

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