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DEC works to rid Cayuga Inlet of parasitic larvae

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(Feature photo courtesy of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation)

(DEC photo)

This week, DEC Fisheries staff from across the state are using a pesticide treatment on the Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca to control nuisance sea lamprey larvae.

When left uncontrolled, the larvae metamorphose from filter feeders to fish parasites, leaving large sores and sometimes holes in trout and other Cayuga Lake fish species.

Host fish are often unable to survive sea lamprey parasitism, either dying directly from an attack or from infections in the wound after an attack.

Those that do survive an attack often suffer from weight loss and a decline in health and condition.

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(SLA photo)

Meanwhile, Skaneateles Lake’s first Harmful Algal Bloom sighting of the summer was reported yesterday.

The localized bloom is so far contained to the water near Thayer Park in the village, first noticed by officials with the Skaneateles Lake Association (SLA).

It was then confirmed later in the evening by Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon.

Updates on HABs specifically located at Skaneateles Lake can be found here.

Information about all active sightings on NY waterways can be found by visiting this webpage.


DEC has also been made aware of multiple reports involving fraudulent websites claiming to sell NYS Freshwater Fishing Licenses in order to obtain applicants’ personal information.

Officials say they’re working to resolve the issue.

In the meantime, residents are reminded the only legitimate method to purchase your State fishing license online is through the official DECALS website.

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