Researchers are hoping a fish long absent from Michigan's rivers can make a comeback. A $200,000 dollar federal grant will help fund a project by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians to reintroduce the grayling to the Manistee River.
The Little River Band is working with two biologists from Michigan Technological University who will a study the potential for successfully bringing back the grayling. The target area for reintroduction is an 11-mile section of the Manistee River between the Tippy and Hodenpyl Dams.
Grayling were once plentiful in rivers in Northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. But the last grayling was taken from Michigan waters in the 1930's, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. The state of Michigan has tried at least twice in the last 30 years to bring back the grayling, both times those attempts were unsuccessful.
The fish can still be found in rivers out west, in Montana, Alaska and in Western Canada.