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Biological Control with Grass Carp
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Vandiver, Vernon V. Jr.
University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences, EDIS
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"Revised: November 1997. Reviewed: May 2002."
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"SS AGR 130"

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SS-AGR-130 Biological Control with Grass Carp 1 Vernon V. Vandiver, Jr.2 1. This document is SS AGR 130, one of a series of theDepartment of Agronomy, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Revised: November 1997. Reviewed: May 2002. Please visit the EDIS Web site at 2. Vernon V. Vandiver, Jr., Associate Professor and Extension Aquatic Weeds Specialist, Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A. & M. University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Larry Arrington, Dean Excess growth of aquatic weeds causes numerous problems in Florida. These weeds interfere with agricultural irrigation, restrict recreation, lower game fish production, lower the value of water front property, degrade the appearance of our waters and cause numerous other problems. Biological, chemical and mechanical methods may be used alone, or in combination, in an integrated management program to control unwanted aquatic weeds. Herbivorous fish provide one means of biologically controlling aquatic weeds. TRIPLOID GRASS CARP The grass carp ( Ctenopharyngodon idella Val.), a herbivorous fish that has been evaluated extensively, is very effective in aquatic weed management programs. Triploid grass carp are now being produced to prevent unwanted reproduction. The triploid grass carp have an extra set of chromosomes and are therefore sterile. All grass carp used in Florida under this permit system must be certified as triploid by the Florida Game and Fresh Water Commission or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Instructions on purchasing these fish and the certification process are included with the Commission's permit which must be received prior to possession of any grass carp. PERMIT APPLICATION PROCESS The one-page application for possession of grass carp for control of aquatic weeds may be obtained by contacting the following office. Completed applications are returned to the same office: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 601 W Woodward Avenue Eustis, FL 32726 (352) 742-6438