Lake Elsinore Carp Removal Program Moving Along

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) - More than a 1.4 million carp have been removed from Lake Elsinore in a five-year effort to revitalize the struggling striped bass population prized by anglers.

A University of California, Riverside, scientist with high-tech equipment conducted a fish survey of the Riverside County lake on Thursday to determine if the carp population is on the decline.

Carp stir up lake bottom sediment and eat the eggs of striped bass. The fish are also responsible for algae blooms, which choked the lake's oxygen supply and resulted in undesirable fish kills.

Carp feed on the zooplanktons that keep the algae growth in check.

There were an estimated two million carp in the lake in 2003 when the city and the Lake Elsinore and San Jacinto Watersheds
Authority created a fisheries management plan. Some 1.4 million
pounds have been removed.

The city stocked the lake Thursday with 3,200 pounds of striped
Information from: The Press-Enterprise,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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