Fisheries Management & Conservation
The Illinois Natural History Survey has a long history of fisheries research and conservation, including one of the longest running fishing creels in the world. Our researchers work to protect and improve the fisheries in the lakes and rivers of Illinois and beyond, using experiments, field studies, and surveys.
Illinois River Biological Station, established in 1894, conducts research on large river ecosystems, including studies on the invasive Asian Carp species.
Kaskaskia, Ridge Lake, and Sam Parr Biological Stations are the base for fisheries research at Lake Shelbyville and the surrounding areas, including a fishing creel running since 1942.
Lake Michigan Biological Station conducts research to improve the management of the fisheries of Lake Michigan and the exotic invasive species that threaten it.
Sportfish Ecology Lab is focused on basic and applied ecological research of freshwater and marine ecosystems, and how human activity impacts them.
The Fish Conservation Program is focused on restoration of fish communities along the Illinois River.