Sea lamprey larva poisoned in White River

7:15 PM, Aug 20, 2013   |    comments
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MONTAGUE, Mich. (WZZM) - Members of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are finishing work to kill an invasive species Tuesday on the White River in northern Muskegon County.

The team from the Ludington Biological Station have been treating the river with poison to kill sea lamprey larvae. The treatment is in doses and is not harmful to humans or fish.

Members of the team started treating the river last week near White Cloud. The project will finish late Tuesday night near the Happy Mohawk Canoe Livery in Blue Lake Township.

Fish biologist Rebecca Neeley says her teams does similar work in each state that touches a Great Lake. The team will head next to the Upper Peninsula to treat river there.

Sea lamprey larvae that aren't killed in the treatment will eventually grow teeth and eyes and swim out into Lake Michigan. Each one can kill 40 pounds of fish during its lifetime. Then they'll return to the river to spawn. Each female is capable of laying 80,000 eggs.

For more on the program visit www.sealamprey.org .

Jon Mills

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