What We Do
Our staff work together to monitor aquatic native andpopulations, ensure the health of hatchery-reared fish, monitor health in wild fish populations and use leading edge genetics technology for early detection and monitoring of invasive carp.
Key initiatives include:
- Management and control plan for bighead, black, grass and silver carp in the United States
- National Fish Habitat Action Plan
- National Fish Passage Partnership
- National Aquatic Animal Health Plan
- National Wild Fish Health Survey
- Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Staff at the Midwest Fisheries Center are involved in a number of applied research, fisheries management, and monitoring projects. These include aquatic animal pathogen diagnostics and health monitoring, invasive carp environmental DNA early detection and monitoring, native aquatic species genetics projects, GIS and telemetry projects, and management of native fish, mussels and invasive carp conducted in partnership with state natural resource agencies, tribes, universities and other federal partners including the U. S. Geological Survey and U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Projects and Research
Understanding seasonal movements and habitat preferences of invasive species is one key to controlling them. If you want to control an invasive species, you must know where they are. To control them efficiently, you need data on their hotspots, where they live during different times of the year, and when they are most active during the day. Acoustic telemetry is one way that biologists are...
It's one of the state's most popular rivers for canoeing, kayaking, tubing, and fishing.
The Upper Iowa River offers the most public land access of all Iowa Rivers.
The Scenic River and Water Trail meanders through limestone bluffs and driftless trout streams and draws visitors from all over the country....
Across the country, scenes of thousands of freshwater mussel shells scattered on the banks and bottoms of lakes and rivers haunts scientists. For the most part these mussel die-offs are unexplained and mysterious. Pollution and contaminants are a well known cause of mortalities but in the case of these die-offs there were no contaminants...
Our lobby features informational displays describing local aquatic wildlife, our scientific research, conservation efforts, a Mississippi River mural, and an aquarium of local native fish. The lobby is open to the public. Our laboratories and other work areas are not generally open for tours so we encourage visitors to email or call to pre-arrange a tour.
The Midwest Fisheries Center offers environmental education activities for community groups and schools. In addition, the center can lend fishing poles to local community groups. Every July, the center co-sponsors Youth Outdoor Fest in La Crosse, Wisconsin in partnership with the La Crosse Parks, Recreation, and Forestry department.