The Sea Lamprey Control Program is a necessary component of the strategic plan to restore Lake Champlain’s native lake trout, Atlantic salmon, and lake sturgeon populations. To assess the population density and distribution, larval sea lamprey are surveyed annually to guide decisions on suppression strategies. Sea lamprey are controlled using both physical (barriers and traps) and chemical (lampricides) methods. Annual assessments of the number of parasitic sea lamprey wounds on host species help evaluate program effectiveness. With over a 50% reduction in lamprey over the past 15 years, the program has contributed to efforts that have resulted in the restoration of unprecedented numbers of native fish.
Assessment and treatment data are compiled into reports at the end of each field season and are available upon request.
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