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More samples to be taken in Sturgeon Bay after positive test for eDNA of Asian carp


STURGEON BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will start collecting additional water samples from Sturgeon Bay next week after Asian Carp eDNA was detected by a research group.

Environmental DNA is urine, feces, or scales of a live fish. 

DNR fisheries Director Mike Staggs says only one sample out of more than 280 on Lake Michigan tested positive for the invasive fish, 50 of which were in Sturgeon Bay.

On November 12th, an additional 100 to 150 water samples will be taken.  If further samples finds evidence of the fish, Staggs says there is likely at least one there. 

Staggs says they are surprised about the positive eDNA test, because their staff does patrolling, netting and electro shocking for the fish in Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay waters. Plus, local commercial fishermen haven’t turned up any evidence of the invasive fish.