Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sea Lamprey Control to Begin in Erie County

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sea Lamprey Control to Begin in Erie County

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The black and red circles on the sides of thousands of Lake Erie fish are open wounds. Invasive sea lampreys latch on with suction-cup mouths and razor-sharp teeth and literally suck the life out of their hosts.

As part of a broad Great Lakes program to reduce sea lamprey populations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with assistance from Pennsylvania Fish and Boat, will apply the commonly used lampricide TFM to stretches of Erie County's Crooked Creek where the parasites spawn. Neither the lampreys nor the lampricide pose a threat to humans.

Sea lampreys are believed to have entered the St. Lawrence Seaway in the ballast of ocean-going ships as long ago as the 1830s. They reproduce throughout the Great Lakes, spawning in tributaries with sandy, cobbled substrata and organic matter. …

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