What we do

Fish species that move between management jurisdictions create complex management problems related to regulations, licensing, enforcement, and management objectives. The MICRA member agencies formally agreed in 1990 to work together for the development of cooperative fisheries research and cooperative fisheries management programs to assess the Mississippi River Basin fishery resources and habitat requirements to protect, maintain, and enhance interjurisdictional fisheries in the basin. MICRA functions as an umbrella organization that provides basinwide coordination and communication among multi-state compacts and partnerships that address interjurisdictional fishery management issues within six Mississippi River sub-basins: Upper Mississippi, Lower Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee-Cumberland, Missouri, and Arkansas-Red-White.