Triploid Grass Carp Release

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Triploid Grass Carp Release

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Press Release
March 27, 2013
Contact:  Pam Dinkle, Lake Management and Project Coordinator

 

The Tri-County Lake Administrative Commission (TLAC) announced today that six thousand (6,000) triploid (sterile) grass carp were released into Smith Mountain Lake (SML) earlier this week. Pam Dinkle, Lake Management and Project Coordinator, reported that the fish were released in locations along the Blackwater River where hydrilla has been found in the past few years. She noted that TLAC is “cautiously optimistic” that the plant-eating fish will begin to control the invasive aquatic weeds in the lake as early as this summer.

Hydrilla, a problematic invasive aquatic weed, spreads rapidly and is difficult to control. It was first found in SML in 2007 in just a few acres, and since then has expanded to almost two hundred acres of the lake. In previous years, TLAC has hired licensed herbicide applicators to treat the weed.

Sterile grass carp have been used successfully in lakes throughout the country for the control of hydrilla. The fish were purchased by TLAC, a Department of Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania Counties, after they first received a permit from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to stock them in SML. The fish, ranging in size from fourteen (14) to sixteen (16) inches, were supplied by J.M. Malone and Sons. 

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