Georgia Wildlife Division calls on anglers to kill “invasive” fish that can stay alive on land

Georgia officials have ordered anglers that spot an “invasive“ fish species to kill it immediately.

The Georgia Department of Natural Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD), has released a statement after snakehead fish, which can breath on land, were spotted in Gwinnett County.

This is the first time this fish species has been confirmed in Georgia waters.

Matt Thomas, Chief of Fisheries for the Wildlife Resources Division said:

“Our first line of defense in the fight against aquatic invasive species, such as the northern snakehead, are our anglers.
“Thanks to the quick report by an angler, our staff was able to investigate and confirm the presence of this species in this water body.
“We are now taking steps to determine if they have spread from this water body and, hopefully, keep it from spreading to other Georgia waters.”

Snakeheads have been reported in 14 states in the United States, however, this is the first confirmed report from Georgia.

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