MSU alumnus Dr. Howard Tanner discusses "Something Spectacular: My Great Lakes Salmon Story"

Dr. Tanner discusses his new book and his role in the introduction of salmon to the Great Lakes during at Michigan State University on Great Lakes Day on March 5, 2019.

June 21, 2019 - Author: Cynthia Hudson, Michigan Sea Grant communications manager

Dr. Howard Tanner sits at a table signing his book for audience members.
Dr. Howard Tanner signs his book "Something Spectacular, My Great Lakes Salmon Story during ANR Week's Great Lakes Conference, on March 5, 2019. Photo: Todd Marsee, Michigan Sea Grant

MSU alumnus Dr. Howard Tanner discusses his new book and his role in the introduction of salmon to the Great Lakes during a talk at Great Lakes Day on March 5, 2019, at Michigan State University.

Below is an excerpt from Michigan Sea Grant Extension Educator Dr. Dan O'Keefe's review of Tanner's book:

"It would be hard to understate the impact that Dr. Howard A. Tanner had on the Great Lakes region. Tanner was at the helm of the Michigan Department of Conservation’s Fish Division from 1964 until 1966. During this brief moment in time, Tanner set the course for massive change. Ultimately, his decisions were largely responsible for not only the introduction of coho and chinook salmon, but also the shift in emphasis from commercial to recreational fisheries management on the lakes, the rise of state authority and decline of federal authority to manage these fisheries, massive changes to state hatchery systems, and the beginning of state involvement in Great Lakes fishery research." Read the entire review of Tanner's book at

Michigan Sea Grant helps to foster economic growth and protect Michigan’s coastal, Great Lakes resources through education, research and outreach. A collaborative effort of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University and its MSU Extension, Michigan Sea Grant is part of the NOAA-National Sea Grant network of 33 university-based programs.


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