Return on investment: New data collection tool aids in invasive carp effort
Using a tablet to record data. Photo by Monica Blaser/USFWS.
Each year we collect between 7,000 and 9,000 water samples as part of the Midwest Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program’s environmental DNA (eDNA) work. The water samples are collected from the Upper Mississippi River, Ohio River, Tennessee River, Chicago Area Waterway System, the Illinois River, and tributaries of the Great Lakes. Following collection, water samples are sent to Service’s Whitney Genetics Lab in La Crosse, Wisconsin where scientists look for the presence of trace genetic material from invasive bighead or silver carps.
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