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Researchers taking a closer look at fish species around Green Bay

A study by the with the U.S. Geological Survey, is tracking the movements of both Walleye, and Whitefish around Green Bay, November 13, 2017. (WLUK) 

DE PERE (WLUK) --Dozens of fish were pulled from the Fox River Monday.

"We have a series of large scale tracking projects going on around Green Bay," said Dan Isermann, with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Researchers, like Isermann, say they hope to learn more about whitefish and walleye.

He says transmitters will send back information on each fish’s location, "If a fish swims by one of those, it records the signal, time stamps it, we know when the fish was there."

The goal is to monitor their movements during spawning season.

"We're trying to gain information that we never had before on where all these fish stocks are, how they move around and interact," explained Tom Meronek, with the Department of Natural Resources.

As part of the survey, they're asking anglers who catch a fish with an orange tag, to call the number on the tag.

"It has our phone number on it and indicates a $100 reward. The reason we're doing that, these transmitters last for three years, so if we can get the fish back, we can reuse the transmitter," said Isermann.

He says both the project and the reward money are being funded by grants and donations, "Primary funding came from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, It's the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act."

Researchers hope to tag a total of 300 walleyes and 400 whitefish.

But Meronek explained, the results will take some time, "We'll get results in after the first year, it will take a couple years to really build up."

The tagging locations include: the Fox and Menominee Rivers, North Moonlight Bay in Baileys Harbor and Big Bay de Noc in Michigan.

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