Sea Lamprey Control Planned for Lake Michigan Tributary in Allegan County


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel will apply lampricides to the Black River in Allegan County to kill sea lamprey larvae burrowed in the stream bottom. 

Sea lamprey larvae live in certain Great Lakes tributaries and transform to parasitic adults that migrate to the Great Lakes and kill fish.  Failure to kill the larvae in streams would result in significant damage to the Great Lakes fishery. 

The applications will be conducted between May 6 and May 15, 2014 in accordance with State of Michigan permits.  Application will be complete in about six days. 

Application dates are tentative and may be changed based upon local weather or stream conditions near the time of treatment. 

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and Health Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency have reviewed human health and environmental safety data for lampricides, and in 2003 concluded that the lampricides (Lampricid and Bayluscide) pose no unreasonable risk to the general population and the environment when applied at concentrations necessary to control larval sea lampreys; however, as with any pesticide, the public is advised to use discretion and minimize unnecessary exposure. 

Agricultural irrigation must be suspended for 24 hours during and following treatment.

The program is contracted through the Great Lakes Fishery Commission to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

For more information, visit http://www.fws/gov or call (800) 472-9212 or (800) 649-3777.


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