Spiny water flea discovered in Ticonderoga

Invasive species found at Mossy Point boat launch

— “Right now the commission’s top priority is invasive species control and management, and we will work with our many partners on determining the extent of this population,” Dave Wick, executive director of the Lake George Park Commission, said. “The commission is currently developing a comprehensive invasive species prevention plan for Lake George, with the goal of preventing any new invasive occurrences from entering the lake.”

The possible presence of the spiny water flea was first reported on July 27 by an invasive species steward at DEC’s Mossy Point boat launch in Ticonderoga. A fisherman had reported having a clump of small organisms on his fishing line after spending time trolling the waters off Mallory Island along the east shore of the lake.

The steward took a sample and provided it to the Lake George Association, which passed it on to the Darrin Fresh Water Institute. After the organisms were identified as spiny water fleas the Lake George Association sampled the waters off Mallory Island and further confirmed its presence.

The invasive pest was previously confirmed in the Great Sacandaga Lake in 2008, Peck Lake in 2009, Stewarts Bridge Reservoir 2010, Sacandaga Lake in 2010 and most recently this summer in the Champlain Canal and Glens Falls Feeder Canal.

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