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Latest Grass Carp Stories

2008-10-10 15:00:15

By SHARPE, Marty FOUR hundred grass carp introduced to a Hawke's Bay lake have chewed their way through an aquatic weed called an "aggressive environmental cancer". The eradication of hydrilla from Lake Eland, 45 kilometres west of Napier, bodes well for Biosecurity New Zealand's plans to release hundreds more fish into nearby lakes that are also infested with the weed. The carp were put into the four hectare man-made Lake Eland in 1986 in the hope they would control hydrilla -- one...

2008-08-22 15:00:29

By CARPINTER, Bernard BIOSECURITY NEW ZEALAND is preparing to use poison and carp to fight a devastating lake weed. It plans to start on Lake Tutira, north of Napier, but fishermen are worried that the campaign could spoil the trout fishery on the lake and associated streams. The weed hydrilla has been found in Tutira and three other small lakes nearby. Hydrilla crowds out native plants and forms dense mats. "If it spread to some of our iconic lakes like Taupo or Waikaremoana the...


Latest Grass Carp Reference Libraries

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2007-04-13 19:39:20

The Grass carp, (Ctenopharyngodon idella), also known as the White Amur, is an herbivorous, freshwater fish. It is cultivated in China for food but was introduced in the United States for aquatic weed control. It is a species of carp native to Siberia and northern China. The name White Amur derives from the Amur River, where the species is believed to have originated. Grass carp have an elongate, chubby body form that is torpedo shaped. The terminal mouth is slightly oblique with...

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