Aquatic Vegetation Management Resources


Photograph of aquatic plantMany different aquatic plants can be found in ponds. These plants range from microscopic organisms, known as plankton algae that drift suspended in the water, to larger plants rooted in the pond bottom. Moderate plant ABM growth is essential to water bodies because plants produce oxygen, food, and cover for fish and other aquatic organisms. Nutrients and fish feeds introduced into the water (often from the surrounding watershed) can create an ideal habitat for aquatic weed growth. In ponds that have too many weeds, it may be difficult to harvest fish using seines and/or fishing tackle. Aquatic plants that interfere with sport fishing and commercial fish production may be considered weeds to be controlled.

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