State to release sterile grass carp for hydrilla control in Harris Lake

Raleigh, NC

The Department of Environmental Quality, in cooperation with the N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Duke Energy, will be stocking 2,500 sterile grass carp at Harris Lake to control hydrilla, a particularly aggressive aquatic plant. 

WHO: Department of Environmental Quality

WHAT: Stocking 2,500 sterile grass carp

WHEN: April 30, 2019, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Holleman’s Crossing Boat Ramp; 4420 Bartley-Holleman’s Rd., Holly Springs, NC 27562 

The sterile grass carp is an herbivorous cyprinid indigenous to Asia and has been used to control hydrilla and other aquatic weeds in the United States for decades.

DWR’s Aquatic Weed Control Program and the N.C. Wildlife Commission held a meeting in October to receive public input to develop a comprehensive Habitat Enhancement Plan for Harris Lake. The plan will help to establish habitat for fish and wildlife to utilize in the absence of hydrilla. The stocking of sterile grass carp is a major part of the strategy.

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