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Invasive Fish Species Native to China Found in Georgia: 'Kill It Immediately'

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Georgia wildlife officials are advising anyone who comes across a northern snakehead — a fish native to China — to “kill it immediately.”

“For the first time, invasive northern snakehead fish have been confirmed in Georgia waters,” the state’s Department of Natural Resources reported on Wednesday.

“In early October, an angler reported catching the fish in a pond located on private property in Gwinnett County (north of Atlanta),” the DNR added.

The agency explained that snakeheads can get up to 3 feet in length and can breathe air, so they can survive on land for days. The fish are a “concern” because they are competing for the same resources as native species.

“The northern snakehead is native to the Yangtze River basin in China. However, snakeheads have been reported in 14 states in the United States,” according to the DNR.

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“These fish are like something from a bad horror movie,” Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton said in 2002 when she proposed a ban on the import and interstate transportation of the “voracious” live snakehead fish in the United States, The New York Times reported.

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The state asked fishermen to be the first line of defense in stopping the spread of the fish in Georgia, instructing any who catch a snakehead to “kill it immediately and freeze it.”

Further, “If possible, take pictures of the fish. Include close ups of its mouth, fins and tail.”

“Note where it was caught like the waterbody, landmarks or GPS coordinates,” the DNR added. “Immediately report it to your regional Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division Fisheries Office.”

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Scott Robinson, a fisheries operations manager with Georgia’s Wildlife Resources Division, told The Times it is not clear how the snakehead got into a pond in northern Georgia.

He noted the body of water is located on private property, but residents sometimes dump nonnative species out of their aquariums, because they no longer want to take care of them.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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