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April 21, 2010

2010 non-native aquatic invasive species
management plan approved by S.C. Natural Resources Board

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Nuisance Species Program has approved the 2010 Aquatic Plant Management Plan in an effort to control non-native aquatic invasive species. It identifies 30 public water bodies, nine state park lakes, and 10 S.C. Department of Natural Resources state lakes with aquatic weed problems and prescribes management strategies for each problem area.Sterile grass carp
The plan, which undergoes a public comment period, has been approved by the Aquatic Plant Management Council and the S.C. Natural Resources Board. Read the plan>>>
The plan includes the stocking of sterile grass carp in five public water bodies, Lake Marion, Lake Moultrie, Lake Greenwood, Lake Cunningham and Goose Creek Reservoir.  Except for Lake Cunningham which has Brazilian elodea; four of the five stockings are releases to maintain control of hydrilla, an invasive aquatic plant that has caused widespread environmental and economic harm to waterways in South Carolina and the southeast.
The proposed releases are as follows:

The carp, in addition to herbicides, will be used as a tool to help control non-native invasive species such as hydrilla and elodea and aid in the navigability of Lake Greenwood, Goose Creek Reservoir, Lake Cunningham, Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie. Anglers and bow fishermen may see large grass carp in the shallows in the coming years. Please remember, it is illegal to "take" triploid grass carp from public waters according to section 50-13-1630(D) of the SC code of laws.  Any bow hunting of grass carp will be classified as "take" under this law.
Aquatic invasive plant species are a serious problem in public waters throughout South Carolina. It is well-documented and acknowledged that non-native aquatic invasive species cause serious ecological and economic harm to water resources in many regions of the country as well as in South Carolina. They restrict access to fishing areas, reduce fish harvest and decrease the usefulness, attractiveness and value of public waters.
On an additional note, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Nuisance Species Program Web site has been redesigned to provide easier access to information for the public.

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