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      Weed-eating fish added at Lake Murray

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Natural Resources officials have added hundreds of more weed-eating fish to Lake Murray.

      The State newspaper reported (http://bit.ly/1rZWBlo ) more than 1,000 fish carp were put into the lake to deal with hydrilla and other underwater weeds.

      The fish are one of the main ways that the Natural Resources Department deals with weeds in the 47,000-acre lake.

      The addition of the fish last month are the first since the state put more than 64,000 carp in the water in 2003 to stop the spread of hydrilla.

      Officials think there were only about 4,000 of the original fish left in the lake. Carp don't reproduce.

      Officials say weeds are a problem in only about 50 acres of the lake now.

      Hydrilla is a non-native weed found in the lake in 1993.

      Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com

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