The Michigan Underwater Preserve Council or MUPC is a private, non-profit, volunteer driven organization that oversees activities relating to all of Michigan's Underwater Preserves. The council was formed in order to educate divers and non-divers on the history and importance of the shipwrecks of the great lakes so that the public might assist in the preservation of Michigan's bottomland heritage.
—The PURPOSE of the Council is to:
• Foster cooperative stewardship of the historical, cultural, natural and recreational resources associated with the preserves.
• Enhance the quality (safety, access and diver ethics) of preserve diving, and provide preserve-related opportunities for non-divers.
• Support and speak as a unified voice for the preserve committees.
• Promote wider involvement in the preserve council and individual preserves through membership, networking, partnerships and volunteers.
• Market the preserves, and cooperatively market diving in Michigan.
• Identify, support and participate in projects which benefit the state’s preserves (e.g., placement of marker buoys, development and application of new technologies, artificial enhancement, education)
• Provide input and advice on permits and preserve-related research efforts.
• Act as an information clearinghouse and referral service to: existing preserve committees, existing and potential preserve-related businesses, and groups interested in establishing new preserve committees.
• Facilitate communication among preserve committees and with different preserve stakeholders.
• Monitor, assess and develop positions on emerging issues and factors which impact on the preserves and preserves committees. Communicate these positions to the legislature, relevant agencies and organizations, and preserve stakeholders.