Aquatic invasive vegetation is an issue in Charleston, South Carolina waters and beyond. DPW recommends fish as a control measure in part of a comprehensive plan.
Cory Rogers- Charleston Client Service Manager, Certified Master Pond Manager
Aquatic invasive vegetation and aquatic nuisance vegetation can lead to serious issues in lakes and ponds throughout South Carolina and beyond. As it relates to stormwater systems, invasive and nuisance vegetation can clog systems, lead to flooding, decrease functionality, be unsightly, and often foul smelling. There are a variety of measures that can be utilized to control aquatic invasive vegetation. DPW’s Charleston specialized pond expert, Cory Rogers, recommends fish as a biological control measure in lakes and ponds. This practice is recommended as part of an overall comprehensive plan.
A biological control measure is a process of controlling one living organism with another living organism. Rogers specifically recommends Triploid Grass Carp and Blue Tilapia in his Charleston, South Carolina Market. This method is natural, cost-effective, and can be utilized as an aquatic invasive vegetation control measure over a long period of time.
Highlights of Triploid Grass Carp as Aquatic Invasive Vegetation Control:
- Infertile- Population is easily controlled
- Herbivore- They will eat almost all submersed vegetation
- Can help provide aquatic invasive vegetation control for 5-7 years
- Threat from predators is minimized when stocking with larger carp
Highlights of Blue Tilapia as Aquatic Vegetation Control:
- Cheaper Option
- Fertile- Breeds quickly, helps increase population when needed
- Targets finer algae
- Survives well in South Carolina waters, as temperatures rarely drop below 50 degrees
Utilizing fish as a biological control measure is often used as part of a comprehensive plan. However, this method can be practiced without the use of chemicals in areas where that is desired, such as golf courses. It is important to employ specialized pond maintenance contractors with aquatic invasive vegetation control knowledge and experience. These specialists will assess the needs of your specific body of water, monitor fish populations, and impact of the measure. Specialized pond maintenance contractors will also assess how water leaves your body of water to ensure the fish are not able to escape.
Please contact us if you have an aquatic invasive vegetation or aquatic nuisance vegetation issue. We can help you maintain a beautiful space and sanctuary!
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