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Six Lake Erie water samples positive for Asian Carp DNA

Federal and state wildlife officials working in conjunction with academic researchers recently announced six water samples taken from Sandusky and north Maumee bays tested positive for the presence of Asian carp environmental DNA in Michigan and Ohio waters.
The positive samples were among 417 taken from Lake Erie in August 2011, and more than 2,000 samples taken from the Great Lakes Basin since 2010. The Lake Erie batch was recently analyzed and test results were confirmed by eDNA researchers last week. The six positive samples represent less than 1.5 percent of the Lake Erie samples.
Four samples from Sandusky Bay, in Ohio waters, tested positive for bighead carp eDNA, while two samples from north Maumee Bay, in Michigan waters, were positive for silver carp eDNA.
In response to these findings, electro-shocking and netting began Friday in Sandusky Bay with no evidence of Asian carp found. However, additional testing and monitoring are planned by the Ohio and Michigan Departments of Natural Resources in conjunction with partner agencies.

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Arts in the Park offers something for everyone

Arts in the Park, sponsored by the Port Clinton Artists’ Club, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4-5, at Lakeview Park in Port Clinton. 
Nearly 120 artists from Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Florida will be showing and selling their original creations. The show is open to the public and parking is free. One of the oldest art festivals in Ohio, Arts in the Park is celebrating 55 years of continuing to bring unique and original art to Ottawa County. 
Artisans will be displaying and selling ceramics, jewelry, glass, paintings, photography, wood, mixed media, textiles and fiber art. Artwork will be judged by the prestigious talents of Irene Finck, retired, Ohio Arts Council; Columbus watercolorist Kevin Buckland; art lovers Pertain Buckland and Connie Pfeiffer; and Dee Cochran, batik artist and president of the Port Clinton Artist’s Club.
For the second year, Pat Catan’s Craft Centers is the sponsor of the Children’s Area, a fun-filled part of the festival.  Watch your child’s face light up as they create functional art. Fun and engaging activities will be going on throughout the two-day art festival.

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Stone Laboratory welcomes new research coordinator

Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory recently hired Justin Chaffin, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toledo, as its new research coordinator. He will manage on-site research, the Lab’s Research Experience for Undergraduates, and some of the laboratory renovations currently in progress, along with teaching classes and supporting the lab’s outreach and education efforts. Chaffin is also heavily involved in Stone Lab’s monitoring and research of harmful algal blooms and nutrient levels in Lake Erie, a topic he has focused on throughout his academic career.
“Justin will be coordinating the lion’s share of our research and the REU program here at the lab,” says Matt Thomas, Stone Laboratory manager. “He’ll also be our on-site limnologist, playing an instrumental part with the renovation of the analytical laboratory, and with HAB monitoring.”

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