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Sep 22, 2010 9:57 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Netting of carp OK'd in Mill Pond

Sep 22, 2010 9:57 AM

The Southampton Town Trustees have received permission from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to begin contracting with commercial fishermen to net carp and goldfish in Mill Pond in Water Mill as part of an effort to improve its water quality.

The permits will allow fishermen hired by the Trustees to harvest carp using anchored gill nets as well as seine nets pulled by a boat. Trustee Fred Havemeyer said he hoped the fishermen would begin working by the end of this week.

The hope is that clearing the pond of carp will allow native vegetation to grow, which will, in turn, improve oxygen levels. Carp feed on underwater plants.

In September 2008 thousands of fish died in Mill Pond as a result of heavy algae blooms and low oxygen levels.

During a recent discussion with the Trustees and local residents, a consultant proposed killing off all the carp in the pond, along with whatever other fish survived the fish kill, using a chemical poison. The Trustees said they would not support such drastic measures but hope that netting the carp can return the pond to a proper ecological balance so that it may start on the road to recovery.

The fishermen should be able to sell the carp at market, but the Trustees said at their meeting on Monday it may also be necessary to pay the fishermen a small stipend for the work if the market price for the fish is not high.

“If we had to pay a hundred stipends it would be a drop in the bucket compared to the damage the carp are doing,” Mr. Havemeyer said.

MICHAEL WRIGHT

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now the feds or state will step in and impose a catch limit.
By uncleronk (136), southold on Sep 28, 10 10:51 AM
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Now why would my trustees need to receive permission from the dec. Guess the trustees are not going to hire any of those Brookhaven gill netters.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Sep 28, 10 1:21 PM
I believe the pond is stocked by DEC (or has been in the past) and contains fish species other than carp. Additionally, the pond is used by many species of migratory birds which could be caught in the nets, thus DEC needed to approve the plan. There is no limit on fishing for them with hook and line, but bringing in gill nets is another story.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Sep 28, 10 3:06 PM
Is there a carp & goldfish only gill net. With the seine the ones that are not targeted could be thrown back alive.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Sep 28, 10 4:14 PM
Y'know, I didnt' see any swimming upstream on Deerfield Rd. today. Man, that was alot of rain.

I guess they are content where they are...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 28, 10 1:53 PM