Data from: Environmental DNA analysis of river herring in Chesapeake Bay: a powerful tool for monitoring threatened keystone species

Louis V. Plough, Matthew B. Ogburn, Gabriella A. Marafino, Kimberly D. Richie, Catherine L. Fitzgerald & Rose Geranio
Environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling has emerged as a powerful tool to detect and quantify species abundance in aquatic environments. However, relatively few studies have compared the performance of eDNA-based abundance estimates to traditional catch or survey approaches in the field. Here, we have developed and field-tested a qPCR assay to detect eDNA from alewife and blueback herring (collectively known as ‘river herring’), comparing eDNA-based presence and abundance data to traditional methods of quantification (ichthyoplankton sampling...
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