In our Muskingum River Survey we’re searching for a couple (invasive) fish species that we hope we do not find: The Silver and Bighead Carp. Environmental DNA has been detected in the Muskingum River for Bighead Carp and also for Northern Snakehead, another invasive species from Asia.
And just as importantly, we’re taking names, numbers, weights and lengths of everything else we catch, documenting Muskingum River’s fish fauna before the Asian carp invade. Just a few of the native species we’re catching or may catch soon that are found in the Muskingum:
About the Author: Marc Kibbey is Associate Curator of the Fish Division at the Museum of Biological Diversity.