Grass Carp Protection in A Restricted Area Now In Effect

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school of grass carpThe Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is reminding the public that the take and possession of grass carp and the use of gill and trammel nets in a restricted area of Avoyelles Parish where the department has stocked grass carp for aquatic weed control is prohibited.  This new rule went into effect on May 20 

The grass carp restricted area in Avoyelles Parish includes the Spring Bayou Complex that includes the Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Old River and Little River

The purpose of this new rule is to help protect the 11,000 grass carp purchased by the Avoyelles Parish Police Jury and recently stocked into the Spring Bayou Complex to help control hydrilla, which covers about 80 percent of the complex’s waterways. 

Grass carp have shown to be an effective nuisance aquatic weed control method on certain types of water bodies.

For more information, contact Jody David at 337-948-0255 or jdavid [at] wlf [dot] louisiana [dot] gov.