500 fish released to clean water in Cape Coral lake
Fish that environmental managers call aquatic lawnmowers may be the solution to overgrown grass in a local body of water. We were on scene when hundreds of fish were given the mission to clean the water for improved quality.
Lee County Hyacinth Control District released 500 triploid grass carp into into a Cape Coral canal that connects to Lake Kennedy Friday. These fish will control an overabundance of tape grass in the water.
“This is an exotic fish from china that we have brought here,” said Jason Cull with LCHCD. “The fish are eating every day, but the plants are growing every day as well. So it has to keep up with the plant growth with the fish.”
LCHCD chose to release the fish into a connecting canal rather than directly to the lake because it had a boat ramp with an easy access point for crews to let the fish go.