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December 1, 2013

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Contact Goshen News outdoor writer Louie Stout at stoutoutdoors@comcast.net.

Fishermen have reported seeing more of the carp, as well as specimens of varying age and size, indicating there may be a naturally reproducing population in the lake. This assumption was confirmed by the USGA this fall.

Grass carp do not present the same ecological risk as bighead carp or silver carp, although they do feed on aquatic plants and can significantly alter habitat required by native fish. Grass carp have occasionally been found in Michigan waters since the late 1970s.

Grass carp captured in Michigan’s waters of the Great Lakes were thought to be the result of fish movements from other states where stocking genetically altered (triploid) fish for aquatic vegetation control is allowed.

Triploid fish are sterilized through a heat-treating process when their eggs are developing. Several Great Lakes states, including Indiana, allow the stocking of triploid fish because they believe the fish have a low probability of reproduction, although the sterilization process may not be 100-percent effective.

Given their potential for negatively affecting fish habitat, Michigan has prohibited live possession of grass carp since the 1980s and continues to oppose their use in public or private waters in other states with connections to the Great Lakes.

The Michigan DNR Fisheries Division performs fishery surveys throughout the state, actively looking for these fish. Grass carp that are found during survey work are euthanized and dissected to determine reproductive development. Fish that appear to be fertile are analyzed to determine whether they are diploid (fertile) or triploid (infertile). Fisheries Division has also been actively working with state commercial anglers in Lake Erie to remove and report any grass carp they capture in their nets.

Contact Goshen News outdoor writer Louie Stout at stoutoutdoors@comcast.net.

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