SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Section has confirmed that environmental DNA (eDNA) from the invasive Asian carp was found in water samples taken from the Ohio River and Kanawha River.
            As part of a cooperative project, the fisheries biologists from the Wildlife Resources Section and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) collected water samples in July 2014 from the Ohio River within the New Cumberland Navigational Pool (Hancock County) and Pike Island Navigational Pool (Ohio and Brooke counties), as well as the Little Kanawha River (Wood and Wirt counties) and the Kanawha River (Putnam and Kanawha counties). These water samples were tested for the presence of eDNA for bighead and silver carp by the USFWS.
            Positive results were found for bighead and silver carp DNA from the New Cumberland Navigational Pool, as well as for bighead carp DNA from the Winfield Pool of the Kanawha River. All samples were found to be negative for both bighead and silver carp DNA collected from the Pike Island Navigational Pool, as well as the Little Kanawha River.
            Researchers use eDNA analysis as a tool for the early detection of Asian carp. The presence of eDNA does not provide physical proof of the presence of live or dead Asian carp, but indicates the presence of genetic material in the water body. This genetic material may be the result of live carp, or transport of only the genetic material via boats, birds or other vectors.
            Asian carp are a significant threat to aquatic ecosystems, as well as to angling and boating recreational activities. Because of the harmful nature of these Asian carp species, the DNR urges anglers and boaters to help in slowing the spread of these invasive species.
            Anglers and boaters should thoroughly clean gear and boats before entering new waters. Anglers should never release live fish into a public water body and always properly discard baitfish after a fishing trip.
            Boaters and anglers are asked to contact the DNR if they suspect that they have observed Asian carp in any West Virginia water body. To learn how to identify Asian carp or more about these invasive species, please consult the DNR website ( All USFWS eDNA results, including the ones from the Ohio and Kanawha rivers, can be found at
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  • Fish lover

    These things are chock full, I mean plum full of bones, along with regular carp, and thusly are terrible to eat.

  • David

    Wv grad..

    Depends on your ethnicity..

  • Say what?

    eDNA? Don't drink the water. Fish have sex in it!

  • WV Grad

    Good to eat or not good to eat?

    • Uncle Fisty

      I know if you dry rub and blacken common carp it is really good. You can feed about 30 people with one fish.

    • ThatGuyOverThere

      In all seriousness they are very edible and good to eat...there is a large market in the Midwest where those fish are caught, processes, and sold back to the Asian market...Andrew Zimmern of Bizzare Foods has a peice on those fish...their flesh is white, flakey, and mild tasting according to my research.

      • Fish lover

        Sure they are, Andrew Zimmern only eats things that are delicious, tasty, and just downright great, yeah, sure...

    • Fish lover

      They're great, just fillet them, lay them on a cedar plank, salt, pepper, and a little old bay. Bake at 350 for about 5-10 minutes. Take them out of the oven, throw the fish away and eat the plank, mmm, mmm, good.

      • Alan

        ha!! My dad used to say the same thin 30yrs ago. Thanks for the laugh

        • Fish lover

          You're welcome!

  • ThatGuyOverThere


    Many people net bait from the rivers and lakes of WV for is possible to get the fry (young fish) of the asian carp or other invasives...people put them in their livewells so they can keep them fresh for the day/night of fishing. Many times, people get careless and forget that they have live fish in their livewell...they may go to a new body of water the next day, discover the fish in the livewell and then just toss them into the new body of water thus transferring the live invasive species to a new body of water. A clean livewell is part of a clean boat. There are a lot of other invasive plants, fish, and mollusks that can attach to your boat, prop, trolling motor, trailer, etc. A lot of boat ramps in the midwest and south have cleaning stations where you are encouraged to powerwash your boats with hot water to kill/dislodge any potential invasive species that are present in one body of water so you don't spread them. The Goby, Zebra Muscle, hydrilla, asian carp, and many others.

  • Veretax

    I'm confused. If the issue is a species of Fish (Asian Carp)... what does cleaning the boats have to do with anything? (I'm not saying not cleaning is a 'bad idea', I'm just not sure what cleaning boats actually does to reduce the risk of Asian Carp Spreading.