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Updated: 12/26/2013 08:00:04AM

Grass carp initiative launched

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JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


Steve Gornack releases a bucket of carp. He is with the Aquatic Habitat Restoration Enhancement Section of FWC.

JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


FWC Regional Biologist Kelle Sullivan pitched in to help with the bucket brigade that transferred 2,500 fish from holding tanks into Lake June-In-Winter.

JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


A delegation of Lake June-In-Winter landowners and lake users gathered to watch the fish release at the boat ramps at H.L. Bishop Park.

JOURNAL PHOTO BY KIM LEATHERMAN


The triploid carp are under a year old and approximately 12 inches long. The size of these carp will help to deter prey. This species can live from 15 to 20 years and can reach a weight of 45 pounds.

By KIM LEATHERMAN

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission stocked Lake-June-In-Winter with 2,500 grass carp Tuesday, Dec. 17. The fish are the most recent weapons to be deployed in the war on Illinois pondweed.

The sterile fish were introduced as a means of controlling new growth of pondweed. The first line in the offensive was aquatic herbicides that targeted the invasive weed. The two-fold plan is to use the herbicides to target and kill the pondweed, allowing the carp to maintain the project by eating new growth.

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