Release Date: 01/09/2008

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries commission adopted a notice of intent that would prohibit the take and possession of grass carp and use of gill and trammel nets in restricted places the department has stocked grass carp for aquatic weed control. 

The grass carp restricted area is the Spring Bayou Complex that includes the Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Old River and Little River all located in Avoyelles Parish.

The purpose of this notice of intent is to help protect the 11,000 grass carp purchased by the Avoyelles Parish Police Jury and recently stocked into the Spring Bayou Complex to help control hydrilla, which covers about 80 percent of the complex's waterways.  Grass carp have shown to be an effective nuisance aquatic weed control method on certain types of water bodies.

Public comment on this notice of intent can be submitted to Gary Tilyou, Inland Fisheries Division, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 no later than March 6.

For more information, contact Gary Tilyou at 225-765-2331 or gtilyou@wlf.louisiana.gov.