2013-06-13 / Outdoors

Lampricide to be applied in Schoolcraft

MANISTIQUE – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel will soon apply lampricide to areas of Schoolcraft County. The areas include: Milakokia River, Bulldog Creek, and Manistique River.

The purpose of the lampricide applications is to kill sea lamprey larvae burrowed in the stream and lake bottoms. Applications will be conducted on or about June 25- July 3 in accordance with State of Michigan permits. Application will be complete in about six days. Application dates are tentative and may be changed based upon local weather or stream conditions near the time of treatment.

Sea lamprey larvae live in certain Great Lakes tributaries and transform to parasitic adults that migrate to the Great Lakes and kill fish. Failure to kill the larvae in streams would result in significant damage to the Great Lakes fishery. Infested tributaries must be treated every three to five years with lampricides to control sea lamprey populations.

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and Health Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency have reviewed human health and environmental safety data for lampricides, and in 2003 concluded that the lampricides (Lampricid and Bayluscide) pose no unreasonable risk to the general population and the environment when applied at concentrations necessary to control larval sea lampreys. However, as with any pesticide, the public is advised to use discretion and minimize unnecessary exposure. Lampricides are selectively toxic to sea lampreys, but a few fish, insect, and broadleaf plants are sensitive. Persons confining bait fish or other organisms in stream water are advised to use an alternate water source because lampricides may cause mortality among aquatic organisms stressed by crowding and handling. Agricultural irrigation must be suspended for 24 hours, during and following treatment.

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