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Avista to Begin Pilot Program to Remove Carp from Lake Spokane

 

SPOKANE, Wash. – June 9, 2016:  For approximately two weeks starting June 13, anglers and others recreating on Lake Spokane (Long Lake) will see Avista’s carp removal and survey program underway.

Avista in partnership with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the University of Idaho will remove non-native carp from shallow and weedy areas in Lake Spokane. This effort is being taken to improve water quality in Lake Spokane, since carp stir up bottom sediment in their feeding behavior.  The work will occur between the Nine Mile Recreation Area and the McLellan Conservation Area, which is located across from Tumtum. 

Different methods of carp removal will be tested, including electrofishing and gill nets, to determine the best one to use for future work. Gill nets will be marked with buoys and signs and should be avoided.  Electrofishing will be conducted both during the day and at night, when fish tend to be closer to shore feeding.  Anyone on or near the lake is likely to see an electrofishing boat with bright lights and may hear generator noise. 

Avista and its partners on this project appreciate the public’s cooperation during this work.  

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