Why it matters: The restoration of native species will enable regional sport and commercial fishers to experience diverse and productive fishery harvests that are resilient to the population fluctuations of individual species. Consequently, Great Lakes coastal communities will benefit from an increase in economic stability that results from diverse and productive sport and commercial fisheries. The Nature Conservancy’s work in the offshore zone of the Great Lakes is to ensure that the food web supports a diverse array of native fish populations and is resilient to invasive species.


  • Develop​ and test habitat restoration techniques​.
  • Map​ and prioritize habitat and other biological drivers.
  • Inform​ restoration decisions for native fishes with data and knowledge on habitat prioritization and restoration techniques. 

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