Hook & Hunting: Fish and Wildlife Service Spreading Lampricide Along Platte and Betsie Rivers

The Platte and Betsie rivers are going green, just not in the way you may be thinking.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is spreading lampricide along these rivers to combat the rise of sea lamprey. It’s a two-week long effort that just wrapped up in Benzie County.

They say a single lamprey can kill 40 pounds of fish in its lifetime. The decrease of this invasive species in Lake Michigan stands as a testament to the success of the program.

“There’s a lot of people that say ‘huh, I had no idea there was sea lamprey here’ and that’s because they burrow into the soft sediment,” Lauren Freitas from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. “The quality habitat like we see here on the Betsie and the Platte rivers; rocky, nice and soft and slow moving. Lots of backwaters and pools and areas for them to just like relax for three to seven years.”

The Fish and Wildlife Service will be back in three years to start the process over again.

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