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The Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society is the official non-profit support group for National Wildlife Refuges in Eastern North Carolina Information below was released by USFWS and is available on their website at #NCRefuges News
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Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
100 Conservation Way (P. O. Box 1969)
Manteo, NC 27954

Contact Bonnie Strawser 252-473-1132 X 230 
or Steve Brumfield X 224
For Immediate Release
November 15, 2019
Press Release: Carp Removal Will Benefit Water Quality in Lake Mattamuskeet
Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: USFWS

Caption: In the 1950's, invasive common carp were first identified as a problem species in Lake Mattamuskeet. At that time the turbid (murky) conditions prevailed in the lake and were similar to present day. This led to a massive carp removal project. Following the successful carp removal there was a significant improvement in the water clarity. This increased sunlight penetration in the shallower parts of the lake. Aquatic grasses returned to an estimated 16,000 acres in the shallower portion of the lake bed. Today, the combination of reducing the input of nutrients and sediments entering the lake and removing at least 75% of the carp will significantly improve water quality and clarity. It will provide conditions to restore aquatic grasses in the lake. These grasses are an important food source for waterfowl and other animals.

Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge is one of nine national wildlife refuges in the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex. Mattamuskeet Visitor Center, located on the refuge's main entrance road in Hyde County, NC, is open 8am to 4pm whenever volunteer staffing is available.  For more information, visit the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge web page.