Great Lakes Region Environmental DNA 2021 Annual Report

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Great Lakes Region Environmental DNA 2021 Annual Report

This report was compiled from contributions of Lower Great Lakes, Alpena, Green Bay, Ashland, LaCrosse, Carterville, Columbia, Missouri River & Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Offices; Whitney Genetics Lab; Northeast Fish Technology Center; and Bozeman Fish Health Center.

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PCR machine with blue strand of DNA
The Whitney Genetics Laboratory uses environmental DNA (eDNA) testing for early detection of invasive carp in the Chicago Area Waterway System, the Illinois, Upper Mississippi and Ohio Rivers as well as tributaries of all five Great Lakes. The lab also provides species identification via genetic...
an electrified trawl net boat at sunset
Founded in 1991, the Columbia Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office has worked on dozens of projects throughout the midwest including measuring our invasive carp catches in tons, surveying fish passage locations in the thousands and transporting more pallid sturgeon broodstock to hatcheries than...
Sun breaking through clouds over a lake.
Established in 1992, the Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office meets Service fishery goals in Lake Huron, western Lake Erie and connecting waterways of the St. Marys River, St. Clair River and Detroit River.
Woman on boat with fish net in hand on Mississippi river.
La Crosse Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office was established in 1981 and works to monitor and control the spread of invasive species such as invasive carp and round goby as well as restore threatened and endangered freshwater mussels and fish like the Topeka shiner and  inter-jurisdictional ...
We work with diverse partners to conserve, restore and enhance fish and other aquatic resources for the continuing benefit of all American people. Our activities include using a science-based approach toward the restoration and rehabilitation of native fish and aquatic species in the Lake Michigan...
Established in 1972, we provide a variety of technical assistance in the areas of native species restoration, survey and assessment design, prevention, control and response to aquatic invasive species, fish passage, aquatic habitat restoration and tribal relations.
A gill net set out on the river on a foggy morning
Established in 1981, the Carterville Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO) is located in southern Illinois and serves the states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, and Kentucky. In 2015, the Carterville FWCO established a substation in the southern outskirts of the Chicago metropolitan...
Two biologists pulling a seine in the White River, SD
The Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office provides fish and wildlife management technical assistance to Native American Tribes, U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, state agencies, and the public.
A cisco fish with coloring dusky gray to bluish on the back, silvery on the sides, and white on the underside being held laying on its side across two hands.
The Northeast Fishery Center (Center), located in Lamar, PA includes the Lamar Fish Health Center and the Lamar National Fish Hatchery and Fish Technology Center. We help guide and conduct the science and technology needed to restore and conserve species and their habitats. Our research helps...
Microscopic image from fish gills
The Bozeman Fish Health Center provides services to eight western states including Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.
Juvenile Northern Pike in aquarium at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery, South Dakota
The Fish and Aquatic Conservation program leads aquatic conservation efforts for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We are committed to tackling the nation’s highest priority aquatic conservation and recreational challenges to conserve, restore, and enhance fisheries for future generations.
Underwater photo of a bighead carp in a tank with white background

Bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis) are native to eastern Asia and are one of four nonnative fish referred to as “invasive carp”. These fish are large, deep bodied fish that have a large head and a large toothless mouth with a protruding lower jaw. The bighead carp eyes are far...

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A Silver carp jumping out of the water with boat wake below and a tree lined shoreline in the background

Silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) are one of four nonnative fish species belonging to a group commonly referred to as “invasive carp”. Native to eastern Asia, silver carp were introduced to the United States during the 1970’s and 1980’s to private fish farms and wastewater...

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