Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association
MICRA is an organization of 28 state natural resource departments organized in 1991 as a partnership to improve management of interjurisdictional fish and other aquatic resources in the Mississippi River Basin. The Mississippi River Basin is the fourth largest watershed in the world, and the largest watershed in the nation, draining all or part of 31 states and 2 Canadian provinces. The watershed measures approximately 1.2 million square miles, and covers 41% of the continental United States. The Mississippi River and its tributaries comprise one of the largest and most valuable ecosystems in the world.
Mississippi River Basin
The MICRA states have identified more than 90 interjurisdictional rivers within the Mississippi River Basin. Interjurisdictional fisheries and other aquatic resources of the Mississippi River Basin are cooperatively managed by regional partnerships developed around multiple sub-basins. These partnerships work together through MICRA to achieve cooperative management of aquatic resources throughout the Mississippi River Basin.
MICRA's Mission is to improve the conservation, management, development and utilization of interjurisdictional fishery resources (both recreational and commercial) in the Mississippi River Basin through improved coordination and communication among the responsible management entities.