Meet Aquatic Species of Georgian Bay

Georgian Bay Forever is working with University of Guelph to catalogue all the aquatic species in Georgian Bay through a novel scientific process of DNA barcoding. The DNA library will support environmental tools for the Great Lakes for the foreseeable future and a related goal will be to further develop innovative technologies that can assess changes and identify threats at the ecosystem level. While we have DNA barcoded more than 200 species so far (Oct 2016)(learn more), we also wanted to pick some of those 200+ species selectively and provide some educational information about them.

Here are some interesting stories about selected species we have found of the more than 200. Keep checking back with us periodically as we keep adding stories.

Sander vitreus - "walleye"

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Esox lucius, Northern Pike

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Micropterus dolomieu - "smallmouth"

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Micropterus salmoides - "largemouth"

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Basiaeschna janata

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Vallisneria americana

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Amnicola limosa

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Elliptio complanata

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Holopedium gibberum

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Georgian Bay Forever is a charity that funds and supports scientific research, restoration projects and education that protect and enhance the waters of Georgian Bay, as part of the Great Lakes. Our vision is that Georgian Bay waters are healthy and thriving for future generations. Learn more about how you can support out work.