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MDC SEEKS RECYCLED CHRISTMAS TREES TO BENEFIT FISH AND ANGLERS
News from the region: St. Louis
Dan Zarlenga – Dec 22, 2016
ST. LOUIS, Mo.—What better Christmas present could there be than a new home? Of course, some anglers might say an improved chance to catch some fish would be at the top of their list.

Christmas trees can check both boxes off the list by creating a place for fish to live and giving an advantage to anglers.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is accepting used natural Christmas trees to create fish habitat in Lake 33 on the August A. Busch Conservation Area in St. Charles, and in Creve Coeur Lake in St. Louis County.

So how does recycling a used Christmas tree give fish something to celebrate? Turns out, a bunch of them can create the aquatic equivalent of an underwater condominium.

“A lot of lakes we work with are manmade and there’s not much fish cover in them, so we have to figure out how to put fish habitat in those lakes,” said Kevin Meneau, MDC Fisheries Management Biologist. “Christmas trees are… continue reading here

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4/28/16 – RIVER MONSTER: This 84 pound bighead carp was caught by MDC staff while conducting paddlefish research on the Mississippi River. The invasive fish was kept to examine its age, reproductive health, and diet. It also shows why our native fish have such a big problem when comes to competing for resources against these abundant, and sometimes huge, invasive species. Learn more about invasive animals and the problems they cause at http://mdc.mo.gov/your-property/problem-plants-and-animals/invasive-animals — Joe@MDC

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4/25/16 – BIG FISH- Two Big Catfish caught on the Mississippi. Read more Here

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