Disaster Snakehead fish discovered in Georgia, sparks warning from wildlife officials: 'Kill it immediately' -

SplotJacuzzi

kiwifarms.net
https://www.foxnews.com/science/snakehead-fish-discovered-georgia





An invasive fish species has been spotted in Georgia — and wildlife officials want anyone who encounters it to "immediately" kill the animal, which can survive on both land and in water. The northern snakehead, native to the Yangtze River basin located in China, was discovered in a Gwinnett County pond earlier this month, according to the state's Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which noted the creatures have been reported in 14 U.S. states.

It's unclear how the fish ended up in the pond, but a blog post from the department explains invasive species "are often introduced throughout unauthorized release."

The fish, which are long and thin with a dark appearance and a long dorsal fin that runs along its back, can grow up to three feet long. They are able to "breathe air allowing them to survive on land and in low oxygenated systems."

Because northern snakeheads can negatively impact native species by competing for the same resources, wildlife officials encourage anyone who comes across the fish to "kill it immediately and freeze it."

The department urges people to photograph the fish, including some close-up shots "of its mouth, fins and tail." Remember where and when you found it and immediately report it to the office's Wildlife Resources Division Fisheries Office.

Hunter Roop, an official with the DNR, told WSB-TV they have "boots on the ground" as they search for the fish, and are "trying to understand the magnitude of the problem."

"They have the potential to prey directly on bass — especially younger bass," Roop said. "We would ask say anglers that do catch a snakehead to kill it immediately. Then call the DNR so we can document when and where."

- End of Article -​
 

Haramburger

kiwifarms.net
They are able to "breathe air allowing them to survive on land and in low oxygenated systems."
"The labyrinth organ, a defining characteristic of fish in the suborder Anabantoidei, is a much-folded suprabranchial accessory breathing organ. It is formed by vascularized expansion of the epibranchial bone of the first gill arch and used for respiration in air.[2]

This organ allows labyrinth fish to take in oxygen directly from the air, instead of taking it from the water in which they reside through use of gills. The labyrinth organ helps the inhaled oxygen to be absorbed into the bloodstream. As a result, labyrinth fish can survive for a short period of time out of water, as they can inhale the air around them, provided they stay moist.

Labyrinth fish are not born with functional labyrinth organs. The development of the organ is gradual and most labyrinth fish breathe entirely with their gills and develop the labyrinth organs when they grow older.[2]"

But are they edible and tasty?
Short answer is yes, it's a white and flaky filet with less of a "fishy" taste than tilapia.
 

The Final Troondown

We're All Suberogatory Down Here
kiwifarms.net
"The labyrinth organ, a defining characteristic of fish in the suborder Anabantoidei, is a much-folded suprabranchial accessory breathing organ. It is formed by vascularized expansion of the epibranchial bone of the first gill arch and used for respiration in air.[2]

This organ allows labyrinth fish to take in oxygen directly from the air, instead of taking it from the water in which they reside through use of gills. The labyrinth organ helps the inhaled oxygen to be absorbed into the bloodstream. As a result, labyrinth fish can survive for a short period of time out of water, as they can inhale the air around them, provided they stay moist.

Labyrinth fish are not born with functional labyrinth organs. The development of the organ is gradual and most labyrinth fish breathe entirely with their gills and develop the labyrinth organs when they grow older.[2]"



Short answer is yes, it's a white and flaky filet with less of a "fishy" taste than tilapia.

comparable to basa then?
 
  • Like
Reactions: FierceBrosnan

AGreatDipAtAFairPrice

kiwifarms.net
Snakehead would probably taste much better than bass. I figure they would taste like pike or pickerel, some fish like that. There was a period of time where you could buy these as aquarium fish in America and there is still an underground trade in them. They are voracious eaters and grow very quickly so my guess is that somebody who owned them as pet fish got bored with owning them as a big hassle fish and set them free into their new home because he or she didn't want to kill the pet fish.
 

Pickle Pirate

Pickles are just undead cucumbers.
kiwifarms.net
As someone who has worked in the home aquatics industry for 20+ years now, I feel comfortable in saying fuck Snakeheads. Once you get past their cool colors and behaviors, you find an immensely destructive animal that will decimate any freshwater aquatic environment they’re introduced to.

Other fish, invertebrates, baby ducks, frogs, you name it, it’s on the potential menu for a snakehead. And it doesn’t even have to fit in their mouth for it to be a target, as they’ll tear it to manageable chunks if they can’t swallow it whole.

They’re prodigious breeders in a wild environment that meets their requirements, they can traverse short distances overland to take over nearby bodies of water, and they shred typical fishing tackle with their nasty teeth.

There’s a reason they’re banned in the US, and it’s a good one. The only redeeming quality would be the fight they put when hooked, but as mentioned before unless you’re using a metal leader they’ll just cut it and get away.
 

Dysnomia

Feminine presenting AFAB female
kiwifarms.net
But are they edible and tasty?
Well they're from China. So the likely answer is that yes you can eat them and yes they will make your penis harder.

When does the invasive species become the native species? Because it seems like these things are inevitable. Maybe it's a losing battle in the end because people are so damn stupid about dumping non-native species all over the planet.
 

Slappy McGherkin

You Halloween idjiots gonna pay for this!!
True & Honest Fan
kiwifarms.net
The only redeeming quality would be the fight they put when hooked, but as mentioned before unless you’re using a metal leader they’ll just cut it and get away.
I remember when they were first discovered in a pond in Crofton, MD many years ago. Everybody freaked right the fuck out. But somebody put them there, deliberately. While it's easy to think it was "some poor kid whose snakes outgrew his aquarium," chances are it was somebody who wanted to catch them. They are all over in that area now in the Potomac and are indeed a blast to catch.

Jump to 40 seconds in to see the action on light tackle, 2:35 to get past all the Reeeeeeee! and see the actual size of these when grown.

Bass fishing is about as popular as the NFL in many parts of this country, worth millions to the economy. Makes sense Georgia is trying to exterminate them before they get a foothold.
 

AGreatDipAtAFairPrice

kiwifarms.net
Deliberate introduction as a sportsfish is definitely a possibility as well. This has happened with native and non-native fish plenty of times. Its just that the fast-breeding, heavy feeding big fighting gamefish are precisely the ones to outcompete what is there already. This has fucked up salmon, trout and bass fishing already in the country.
Snakehead are already established in other states, most importantly to Georgia the state of Florida. Georgia has to know the havoc that has caused
 

mr.moon1488

kiwifarms.net
Deliberate introduction as a sportsfish is definitely a possibility as well. This has happened with native and non-native fish plenty of times. Its just that the fast-breeding, heavy feeding big fighting gamefish are precisely the ones to outcompete what is there already. This has fucked up salmon, trout and bass fishing already in the country.
Snakehead are already established in other states, most importantly to Georgia the state of Florida. Georgia has to know the havoc that has caused
Well hopefully in Florida, it's only a matter of time before gators start treating them as a food source.
 

Slappy McGherkin

You Halloween idjiots gonna pay for this!!
True & Honest Fan
kiwifarms.net
This is pretty big problem, surprised it didn't start in Florida, but would also hedge bets this is Florida Man's doing.
They are called "northern snakeheads" for a reason -- they prefer cooler water. Florida has own set of finned invaders. Peacock bass from South America, Oscar (and other large cichlids), pacus and others that thrive in the warm waters and canals. They *might* make it in northern Florida, but would be toast further south and is why they haven't taken over Florida (yet).
 

Clop

kiwifarms.net
When does the invasive species become the native species? Because it seems like these things are inevitable. Maybe it's a losing battle in the end because people are so damn stupid about dumping non-native species all over the planet.
You can't just become a native species, that's just silly. 'Invasive' just means that your presence is fucking over the current symbiosis in the area, transforming the ecology entirely. You can technically consider the new species "native" once it has existed there long enough that it has become part of the new ecological symbiosis, but that shit doesn't happen in the span of a human lifetime. Even that's assuming that something as vile as a fucking snakehead fish leaves any marine ecology alive and doesn't just starve to death once it's eaten everything.
 
Tags
None

About Us

The Kiwi Farms is about eccentric individuals and communities on the Internet. We call them lolcows because they can be milked for amusement or laughs. Our community is bizarrely diverse and spectators are encouraged to join the discussion.

We do not place intrusive ads, host malware, sell data, or run crypto miners with your browser. If you experience these things, you have a virus. If your malware system says otherwise, it is faulty.

Supporting the Forum

How to Help

The Kiwi Farms is constantly attacked by insane people and very expensive to run. It would not be here without community support.

BTC: 1DgS5RfHw7xA82Yxa5BtgZL65ngwSk6bmm
ETH: 0xc1071c60Ae27C8CC3c834E11289205f8F9C78CA5
BAT: 0xc1071c60Ae27C8CC3c834E11289205f8F9C78CA5
LTC: LSZsFCLUreXAZ9oyc9JRUiRwbhkLCsFi4q
XMR: 438fUMciiahbYemDyww6afT1atgqK3tSTX25SEmYknpmenTR6wvXDMeco1ThX2E8gBQgm9eKd1KAtEQvKzNMFrmjJJpiino