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Group culls carp to clear Vancouver Lake’s water

Reducing population of nuisance fish could help tame toxic algae blooms

By Jack Heffernan, Columbian county government and small cities reporter
Published: April 16, 2021, 6:01am
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Conan Reutov, left, hauls a carp out of Vancouver Lake on Wednesday with the help of Arty Kuzmin.
Conan Reutov, left, hauls a carp out of Vancouver Lake on Wednesday with the help of Arty Kuzmin. (Photos by Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Something is muddying the Vancouver Lake waters, causing toxic algae blooms and regular closures. A lake advocacy group is hoping to fix that.

Friends of Vancouver Lake recently hired a small commercial fishing crew to net carp. Fishers have been netting over the past week and plan to return in May, part of what will be a multiyear effort to substantially reduce the population of the invasive species at the lake.

The common carp is known to inhabit shallow bodies of water with moderately flowing or standing water, according to the U.S.

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Columbian county government and small cities reporter