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The State | IN BRIEF / LAKE ELSINORE

582,000 Pounds of Carp to Be Used as Fertilizer

September 13, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

The year's Lake Elsinore carp harvest is a desert fertilizer bonanza.

After removing 582,000 pounds of the pest this summer, carp fishermen this week stowed their nets and called it quits until spring.

The carp were netted and pumped live through a carp sucker hose into Dumpsters, said lake director Pat Kilroy.

"We prefer to remove them in a controlled manner live than to have the fish kills," Kilroy said, referring to the periodic stench of fish that go belly-up.

Sixty tons of carp washed ashore in a die-off last summer.

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