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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Shoreline Pond Treatments for Aquatic Snails That Carry Trematodes.

Author
item Mitchell, Andrew

Submitted to: The Catfish Journal
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: October 1, 2000
Publication Date: October 1, 2000
Citation: MITCHELL, A.J. SHORELINE POND TREATMENTS FOR AQUATIC SNAILS THAT CARRY TREMATODES. THE CATFISH JOURNAL. 2000. p.10-11.

Technical Abstract: The rams horn snail is known to carry a trematode that causes a serious disease in channel catfish. This article discusses a treatment designed to kill aquatic snails that occur in the waters along the shorelines of ponds while not harming fish in the pond. As a result of numerous pond tests, a treatmemt of a copper sulfate solution was found to give the best results. A copper sulfate solution (ten pounds of copper sulfate in solution were put out over 250 feet of shoreline) was applied in a 6-foot swath in the waters along the shoreline of a pond. Survival of snails in in the treatment was 0% while in the controls it was 69%. The treatment appears very promising.

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