Saturday, February 01, 2003

Plans for Lake Austin frozen, temporarily

Looks like the plan to release grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) into Lake Austin, to fight the invasive aquatic plant hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata), has been put on hold. According to this article from News 8 Austin, a Texas judge granted a two-week restraining order preventing the release. Before the two weeks are up, he will hear from a group of bass fishermen ("S.M.A.R.T.") protesting the release, as well as from state workers who support it. The fishermen are concerned that the grass carp will not limit themselves to eating hydrilla, making them a threat to all the vegetation in Lake Austin. The article has links to full coverage of the Lake Austin saga at the bottom of the page. You can also browse two other blog entries on the subject by clicking here.

Thanks to a member of the ALIENS-L listerserver for posting a link to this article.

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