Federal authorities plan to expand lamprey control program
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say they will be treating the New York side of Lake Champlain with anti-lamprey pesticides following success in Vermont.
The larvae of parasitic sea lamprey can live in river systems for four years before swimming to open lake waters, often killing fish they parasitize. Vermont Public Radio reports 12 sites in New York tributaries will be treated in September and October; eight are in river systems, and four are in deltas.
Wildlife officials say the program in Vermont has resulted in healthy populations of landlocked salmon and trout, and has helped the population of endangered lake sturgeon.
The Vermont Department of Health recommends that treated water should not be used for drinking, swimming, fishing, irrigation or livestock while advisories are in effect.
Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net