Northern Snakehead Fish AKA Frankenfish
A Northern Snakehead Fish aka Frankenfish was discovered recently in a wildlife refuge near my home. They can travel on land from pond to stream to pond to river.
A Northern Snakehead fish was caught in a wildlife refuge near my home recently. This fish, aka Frankenfish, weighed over 5 pounds and was 2 feet in lentgh. The northern snakehead phenomena began a decade ago when the air-gulping fish with the razor-sharp teeth and ability to survive on land for extended periods was discovered in a pond in Anne Arundel County, Md.
In the years since, the freshwater fiends have been spotted further to the north and pulled from both sides of the Delaware River, the Schuylkill, and from a lake in FDR Park near the South Philadelphia stadium complex.
“They were introduced to the United States from both pet trade and as a food source,” Stolz said while suspending the dead fish from a pair of vice grips. “The trouble is they were accidentally released into the wild and they are a very aggressive competitor to our native fish.
“They will eat the eggs and the young fry of other species and they will literally out-compete our native fisheries as an invasive, aggressive, large fish.”
In addition to smaller fish, Stolz said the northern snakehead will snack on frogs and small aquatic birds and mammals.
I, for one, was very disheartened when I read this. These invaders are moving at a great pace from pond to river to stream. You get the picture. The Frankenfish caught near my home survived a day out of the water. Amazing!
Posters are being put up at popular fishing areas warning fishermen (and women) not to throw them back into the water if they are caught. Pictures of the Frankenfish are on the poster, as well.
Does anyone have any ideas on how to stop these invaders?