‘Fish Detective’ Gains Attention for Pioneering Research

A Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist who identified an innovative forensic sleuthing technique to investigate illegal fish introductions is having his research published in an international peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Sam Bourret, a fisheries biologist based out of FWP’s Region 1 office in Kalispell, was the lead author of a manuscript titled, “Using forensic geochemistry via fish otoliths to investigate an illegal fish introduction.”

The research is based on a study of the first suspected illegal introduction of walleye in Swan Lake in October of 2015. Using forensic geochemistry via fish otoliths, or their inner ear bones, Bourret was able to trace the origin of the non-native walleye.

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