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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
December 4, 2019
Press Release: Carp Removal Will Improve Water Quality in Lake Mattamuskeet
Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
Photo Credit: USFWS

Caption: You may have seen new signs at the northern culvert on N.C. Highway 94 Causeway that bisects Lake Mattamuskeet. Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge is working closely with NC Wildlife Resources Commission to identify the best techniques to remove invasive common carp (Cyprinus carpio) from the lake. The recently approved Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed Restoration Plan identifies two top priorities to improve the water quality and restore aquatic grasses in the lake. The first priority is to reduce excessive nutrients entering the lake. The second is to remove 75% of the carp from the lake. Carp are one of the most widely-introduced and ecologically-disruptive freshwater fishes throughout the world. In shallow lakes they have the potential to act as negative ecosystem engineers by impacting both top-down (predator abundance) and bottom-up (nutrient availability) ecological processes. This is because carp feed by rooting along the bottom of the lake which stirs up sediments and increases turbidity (water clarity). Restoration of the aquatic grasses in Lake Mattamuskeet will not succeed without first removing a significant amount of carp. If aquatic grasses are not restored, the refuge will not be able to provide necessary aquatic resources for trust species such as waterfowl, long-legged waders, diadromous fishes (adapted to both salt & fresh water) and other species.

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 8 am to 4 pm whenever volunteer staffing is available.  For more information, visit the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge web page.