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  • USA: South Jersey controlling mosquito population by stocking stagnant pools with fish

    These fish are keeping South Jersey mosquito population under control
    Updated: JUNE 15, 2017 ? 4:24 PM EDT

    by Michael Burke, STAFF WRITER
    If the mosquito population is kept under control this summer, it will be fish that South Jersey residents have to thank.

    Officials from the Camden County Mosquito Control Commission and the county Health Department announced Thursday that the two agencies, as they did last summer, are joining forces to distribute hundreds of thousands of little fish in stagnant bodies of water throughout the region.

    The officials spoke in a garage-like building at the commission in Lindenwold. Behind them stood four long, gray tanks holding fathead minnows and killifish, water filtering in and out of the tanks.
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    The fish, which are too small to be caught, will be released in counties throughout South Jersey. The Mosquito Commission receives the fish from the state hatchery in Hackettstown, and representatives from South Jersey counties come to the commission to pick up the fish and distribute them, Sworaski said.

    The state is paying for the county?s initiative, which has a price tag of about $3,000 because of equipment and distribution costs, officials said Thursday.
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    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/ne...-20170615.html
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