Carp stranded in a pond below the dike at Lincoln Park do not belong there, nearby resident Marlene Stiles says. She wants them to be relocated to the Red River before they die in the hot sun.
“They’re flailing back and forth in the reeds and cattail stems,” said Stiles, who attempted to reach out to the city in hopes of saving the fish. There are “dozens and dozens and dozens of very large fish” stranded in the pond, she said.
“They’ve got to be uncomfortable,” Stiles said. “They shouldn’t be left to die.”
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department apparently believes otherwise.
Grand Forks Greenway coordinator Kim Greendahl said that in past years she has called North Dakota Game and Fish about carp being in the pond and has been told to let nature take its course. The department representatives told her that they don’t have the resources to rescue the fish, Greendahl said. Also, the carp have another strike against them: They an invasive species.
It’s not a new circumstance, Greendahl said. The fish periodically get trapped there when high water from the Red River recedes.
“It actually happens more than people realize,” Greendahl said.
Greendahl says she not unsympathetic to the plight of the fish. However, she respects the recommendation of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
Once the fish die, they will decompose in the pond. There has not been any complaints in the past about the decomposition causing an odor, she said.