Institute for Fisheries Research (IFR)
About Us

Mission of IFR

To advance scientific understanding of the ecology and management of aquatic resources, habitats, and the fisheries they sustain, and to provide scientific and technical expertise and trained professionals to support sound management decision making. Achieved through education, research, development of analytical tools and techniques, technical guidance, and the transfer of research findings.


The IFR was established in 1930 by the UM Board of regents and the Michigan Department of Conservation, now the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

IFR 1942

Museums Annex Building 1942.

IFR 2008

Museums Annex Building 2008.

Research Activities

Research efforts focus on effects of fisheries management activities and emerging fishieres research issues at the inland, Great Lakes, and national scales. IFR researchers train the next generation of aquatic resource professionals by providing mentorship, guidance, and financial support to graduate students, often working in collaboration with external agencies. Nearly two-thirds of IFR’s budget comes from externally-funded sources. IFR staff and students collaborate with researchers at agencies including USEPA, GLFC, GLFT, USGS, GLPF, USFWS, NOAA, and State of Michigan.