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Welcome to the USGS Leetown Science Center (LSC).  The LSC has a long history of delivering science and technology to help federal and state managers preserve our Nation’s fisheries resources and fishing heritage.  Research capabilities are centered on migratory fish conservation, aquatic animal health, aquatic ecology and fish biology, and invasive and imperiled species.

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Date published: April 3, 2020

Mercury Bioaccumulation in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Despite the prevalence of mercury contamination in the Chesapeake Bay, large-scale patterns of mercury concentrations, and potential risks to fish, wildlife, and humans across the watershed, are poorly understood.

Date published: May 23, 2019

Public Lecture Series - Wildlife, Water, and One-health: Considerations for Wildlife in Water Related Disasters

May 29, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. EDT at USGS Leetown Science Center, Fish Health Conference Room, 407 Reservoir Road, Kearneysville, West Virginia

Date published: May 2, 2019

Connecting Point Fish Migration Story

Brian Sullivan from WGBY, a public television station in Springfield, MA, came to Conte the week of April 22nd and spent two days interviewing and filming for a short piece on migratory fish in the Connecticut River. 

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Development of a suite of functional immune assays and initial assessment of their utility in wild smallmouth bass health assessments

Methods were developed for measuring immune function in Micropterus dolomieu (smallmouth bass). The ultimate objective is to monitor and evaluate changes over time in immune status and disease resistance in conjunction with other characteristics of fish health and environmental stressors. To test these methods for utility in ecotoxicological...

Smith, Cheyenne R.; Ottinger, Christopher A.; Walsh, Heather L.; Blazer, Vicki S.
Smith, C.R., Ottinger, C.A., Walsh, H.L., and Blazer, V.S., 2020, Development of a suite of functional immune assays and initial assessment of their utility in wild smallmouth bass health assessments: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1077, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201077.

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The collection and analysis of Bay of Fundy sediment under contract between the association of US delegates to the Gulf of Maine Council on the marine environment and eastern Charlotte waterways for contaminant monitoring and analysis

This report presents data obtained through the EcoSystem Indicator Partnership (ESIP) which was established in 2006 to improve understanding and to inform researchers, managers, and citizens about the status and trends of ecosystem health in the Gulf of Maine (http://www.gulfofmaine.org/2/esip-homepage/). In its efforts to compile information on...

Latimer, James S; Page, David; Elskus, Adria; LeBlanc, Lawrence A; Harding, Gareth; Wells, Peter G
Latimer, James S., David S. Page, Adria A. Elskus, Lawrence A. LeBlanc, Gareth C. H. Harding, and Peter G. Wells. 2020. Data Report – The Collection and Analysis of Bay of Fundy Sediment Under Contract between the Association of US Delegates to the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment and Eastern Charlotte Waterways for Contaminant Monitoring and Analysis. Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment. 91p.

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Modeling occupancy of rare stream fish species in the upper Cumberland and Kentucky River Basins

Biological conservation often requires an understanding of how environmental conditions affect species occurrence and detection probabilities. We used a hierarchical framework to evaluate these effects for several Appalachian stream fish species of conservation concern: Chrosomus cumberlandensis (BSD; blackside dace), Etheostoma sagitta (CAD;...

Hitt, Nathaniel P.; Rogers, Karli M.; Kessler, Karmann; Macmillan, Hannah
Hitt, N.P., Rogers, K.M., Kessler, K., and Macmillan, H., 2020, Modeling occupancy of rare stream fish species in the upper Cumberland and Kentucky River Basins: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1100, 22 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201100.