Officials with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources stocked several area lakes with grass carp last week. About 1,200 fish went into Lake Norman on June 9 at the Beatties Ford Access Area on Unity Church Road in Denver.
Grass carp help control the invasive water weed hydrilla, which was first found in Lake Norman in 2000 and has been spreading rapidly since.
Hydrilla can grow up to 25 feet and clogs water intake systems, shades out desirable aquatic plants, hinders havigation and makes swimming, boating and fishing difficult and dangerous.
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