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Lake Champlain treated for sea lampreys

September 4, 2012
Associated Press

PLATTSBURGH (AP) - Lake Champlain tributaries will be treated this fall under an ongoing sea lamprey control program.

Sea lampreys are parasites that feed on the bodily fluids of large fish in Lake Champlain. The lamprey-treatment program targets lamprey larvae that live in the sediment of rivers and deltas before they grow into adults and return to the open lake.

The Press-Republican of Plattsburgh reports that environmental workers hope to complete scheduled treatments in several rivers and deltas. The effort is set to begin with the Saranac River delta on Sept. 10.

The Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Management Cooperative, which includes the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, treats the Saranac delta once every four years.



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