Aquatic Species Detection

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While dogs are widely used for cadaver recoveries in water, their potential for detecting aquatic wildlife has remained largely untapped -- until now.

WD4C has already developed training techniques to teach our dogs to detect aquatic contaminants including heavy metals, fire retardants, and pharmaceuticals. We are now pioneering methods by which they can detect — and discriminate between — live aquatic species.

Invasive species are present in nearly every aquatic ecosystem. Whether introduced by “bucket biologists” or inadvertently spread by boats, people, or wildlife, invasives displace native species, destroy infrastructure, and degrade sport and commercial fisheries.

Canine aquatic detection is a powerful new tool for monitoring stream health, tracking and combating invasive species, and protecting threatened and endangered fish. 

While dogs are widely used for cadaver recoveries in water, their potential for detecting aquatic wildlife has remained largely untapped -- until now.

WD4C has already developed training techniques to teach our dogs to detect aquatic contaminants including heavy metals, fire retardants, and pharmaceuticals. We are now pioneering methods by which they can detect — and discriminate between — live aquatic species.

Invasive species are present in nearly every aquatic ecosystem. Whether introduced by “bucket biologists” or inadvertently spread by boats, people, or wildlife, invasives displace native species, destroy infrastructure, and degrade sport and commercial fisheries.

Canine aquatic detection is a powerful new tool for monitoring stream health, tracking and combating invasive species, and protecting threatened and endangered fish.