The Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trail reflects a network and partnership among museum, maritime heritage, fisheries and other partners cooperating across Michigan and the Great Lakes region to promote our rich fisheries heritage. The collective efforts of these partners is helping to preserve and interpret historical artifacts, enhance local communities and heritage-based tourism, and offer educational opportunities focusing on Great Lakes literacy and stewardship. 

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The commission coordinates fisheries research, controls the invasive sea lamprey, and facilitates cooperative fishery management among the state, provincial, tribal, and federal management agencies.
Michigan Fish Producers Association promotes the development, conservation and protection of the Commercial Fishing Industry in the State of Michigan
Educational Educationals
Alpena High School Science in the Sanctuary course collaborates with fisheries heritage partners in northeast Michigan.
Federal Government Federal Governments
National Marine Sanctuary dedicated to protecting the Great Lakes and their rich maritime history through research, education and resource protection.
A National Park Service-designated National Lakeshore rich in coastal natural resources, history, and heritage.
The Hammond Bay Biological Station serves as a hub for Great Lakes science, sea lamprey control, and restoration.
Local Government Local Governments
Responsible for a collection of historic parks and sites in the Straits area that are managed by the Mackinaw Island State Park Commission.
NEMCOG is a catalyst for strategic planning, programming, and support for local governments and organizations in northeast Michigan.
Museum Museums
Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan is an educational institution dedicated to providing the public with enriching cultural experiences in art, history and science.
Children's Museum
The Michigan Maritime Museum is the heart of the South Haven (MI) Maritime District.
A local museum which fosters a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the history of Mason County, which abuts the shores of Pere Marquette Lake and Lake Michigan.
The Saugatuck-Douglas History Center's mission is to preserve local history and inspire learning to inform and improve our community.
The West Shore Fishing Museum is located within Bailey's Park in Menominee, Mich. and was once the site of the Charles L. Bailey commercial fishery.
Non-Profit Non-Profits
Organization of institutions and individuals involved in preserving and interpreting the unique maritime history of the Great Lakes region.
Historical Society serving to preserve and share the unique history of Beaver Island.
Nonprofit FPS preserves the Fishtown (MI) historic site, with associated commercial shops
Promoting Community Boat Building, Rowing & Sailing on the Heritage Coast of Michigan
LIAA helps people shape better communities through participation, education, information and the effective use of technology.
Local Historical Society
Organization that works to preserve, interpret, share and promote the maritime heritage of the Great Lakes.
Local historical society serving to preserve and promote the history of the Michilimackinac area.
State Government State Governments
Library for the State of Michigan.
State natural resources agency promoting conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations.
The Office of the Great Lakes, in the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, leads efforts to protect and restore our state’s waters.
Tribal Tribals
Intertribal management for 1836 Treaty fishery
Tribal government management of Natural Resources
Intertribal Managment of Fish & Wildlife of eleven Objibwe Tribes
A federally recognized tribe of Odawa engaged in Great Lakes fisheries - past and present - in northern Michigan 1836 Treaty Ceded Territory
University or College University or Colleges
University Institute supporting research and education on Great Lakes issues and ecosystems.
Michigan Sea Grant helps to foster economic growth and protect Michigan’s coastal, Great Lakes resources through education, research and outreach.
Michigan State University Extension helps people improve their lives through an educational process that applies knowledge to critical issues, needs and opportunities.
Michigan State University Museum is committed to understanding, interpreting, and respecting natural and cultural diversity.
Engages with colleagues, students, stakeholders and communities to address social choices within specific environmental, economic and cultural contexts that advance or conflict with sustainability goals.
The museum supports research and teaching in cultural and natural history and serves as a laboratory for students enrolled in the museum studies program at CMU.
Wisconsin Sea Grant is a statewide program supporting research, education, and outreach and technology transfer dedicated to the stewardship and sustainable use of the nation's Great Lakes and ocean resources.