50,000 Asian Carp removed from Creve Coeur Lake - KMOV.com

50,000 Asian Carp removed from Creve Coeur Lake

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Hundreds of Asian Carp fish were removed from Creve Coeur Lake Sunday (Credit: KMOV) Hundreds of Asian Carp fish were removed from Creve Coeur Lake Sunday (Credit: KMOV)
CREVE COEUR, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Conservation agencies worked together to remove thousands of the Asian carp in Creve Coeur Lake Sunday.

The Missouri Department of Conversation said close to 50,000 Asian Carp were killed and taken out of Creve Coeur Lake.

St. Louis County Parks Director told News 4 that the lake will be open to the public along with the trails by Saturday morning. There will be some restrictions in place for rowers until the netting and buoys are taken away.

The nets are in place in case residual Asian Carp still resides inside the lake. 

Local, state and federal officials aimed to catch 90 percent of the population in the lake. The project took three weeks to complete but officials told News 4 they believe they met their goal.

Missouri Department of Conservation biologist Kevin Meneau said a lot of planning went into this project.

“It was a big job, 18 months’ worth of planning, a lot of borrowing equipment across the Midwest,” said Meneau. “We've got people from as far away as Lacrosse, Wisconsin come to help with this.”

The carp were removed from the lake because their population grew rapidly over time. The fishes were competing with other fish in the lake for food and space. 

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