What does early detection monitoring for #AIS look like you ask? Our friends at Ashland Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office conduct early detection monitoring in each major ballast dumping harbor of Lake Superior during the open water season, including Agate Bay! Lake SWCD partners with area AIS folks including USFWS, and helped them out today. Preliminary finds included burbot, freshwater sculpin, and many others! Rainbow Smelt and Eurasian Ruffe (invasive) were also found. We will know more about the plankton and sweep net surveying we completed after genetic analysis in the lab this winter.
Measuring fish as part of the gill net sampling process.
Surveying for AIS in Agate Bay.
Caught: Freshwater Sculpin!