Secretary Fisher, New Jersey DEP officials visit Cape May for release of mosquito-fishing crustaceans

Copepod Program Cooperative Program Between NJDA/NJDEP and Counties

TRENTON – New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher and Bob Kent, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Office of Mosquito Control Coordination Administrator, will visit the Cape May Department of Mosquito Control in Middle Township to release tiny crustaceans used to reduce mosquito populations in the state.

Scientists at the Department of Agriculture's Phillip Alampi Beneficial Insect Rearing Laboratory in West Trenton breed Macrocyclops albidus, commonly known as copepods, for the NJDEP's pesticide-free mosquito-fighting program. This year kicks off the second season the program is in full swing.  Cape May and 10 other counties are expected to participate.

Copepods voraciously kill and eat mosquito larvae.  They are used mainly in small pools of standing water.

The press event will provide good photo and video opportunities and will take place 11 a.m. Friday, June 22 at the Cape May Department of Mosquito Control, 15 N. Delsea Dr., Cape May Courthouse, NJ 08210.

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