BREC stocks City Park Lake with Asian Carp to combat algae problem

Carp to start eating algae in City Park Lake

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - BREC now has a short term solution to combat the visible algae problem at City Park Lake near LSU.

The organization had the lake stocked with grass-fed Asian carp fish on Dec. 12. A company from Arkansas brought them all the way to Baton Rouge to stock the lake.

The carp’s impact on the lake will not be visible for about six months. Chery Michelet, a spokesperson for BREC, says the carp will eat the vegetation that causes the algae and not the actual algae itself.

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BREC plans to introduce carp into City Park Lake to combat algae problem

The algae formed over the summer by a combination of heat and vegetation offsetting the oxygen levels in the lake.

BREC hopes the carp will help biologists get ahead of the game before the heat comes back in summer 2020.

The carp are sterile and will not reproduce in the lake.

Michelet said the cooler temperatures in Nov. and Dec. have already caused some of the algae to die off.

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