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Fish Stocking


Fish stocking is the practice of raising fish in a hatchery and releasing them into a river, lake, or the ocean to supplement existing populations, or to create a population where none exists. Stocking may be done for the benefit of commercial or recreational fishing, but may also be done to restore or increase a population of threatened or endangered fish in a body of water closed to fishing.

Fish stocking may be done by governmental agencies in public waters or by private groups in private waters.

Michigan aquaculture producers supply a number of fish species for stocking private water bodies; for a current list of aquaculture facilities and species produced, click here.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) has an extensive fish stocking program; details about the fish species raised and where they have been stocked can be found at MDNR Fish Stocking Database. usa online casinos illegal