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Lake Crescent remains carp free!

One of the well-conditioned short fin eels caught during the Lake Crescent juvenile carp survey.

The annual Lake Crescent juvenile carp survey took place on 15 March 2018. This survey aims to make sure carp have not made their way back into Lake Crescent, and to look for any signs of new recruitment. Carp have not been seen in Lake Crescent since 2007, but surveys are still carried out every year.

We focused on areas carp are known to favour. These habitats include rocky or sandy shores and areas with lots of underwater vegetation. Fourteen areas around the lake were surveyed using backpack electro-shockers for a minimum of 10 minutes. Short-fin eels and golden galaxias made up the majority of the catch. A couple of well-conditioned rainbow trout were caught in the shallows.

Thankfully, there was no sign of carp of any size in Lake Crescent.

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