Snakehead Populations Growing Nationwide
We have these toothy invasive fishies in Florida waters. They're all over the country now.
Snakeheads are something we have talked about before on TheOnlineFisherman, going so far as to give you a way to cook them. Florida was offering rewards for a while (we do not know if they're still doing it) to collect and kill them. They are invasive fish brought here originally as aquarium fish and released into the ecosystem. They're voracious and compete with Largemouth bass - and in the case of this story from a Maryland site called DelmarvaNow.com the Mid Atlantic waters as well. They eat well, they're fighters for sure, but they're invasive without question.
From the site:
Northern snakeheads are an invasive species that pose a large threat to native species in all parts of Maryland, due to their rapid reproduction capability and ability to adapt to different environments. They are major competitors for animals that thrive in Chesapeake Bay tributaries such as the Potomac and Wicomico rivers.
The northern snakehead is native to Asia, but was first discovered in the United States in 1977 and made its mark in Maryland in 2002. A Crofton man decided to bring the fish alive from a New York market to his house, hoping his sister would try it. When she refused, he kept them in a fish tank and later released them in a pond outside of his house.
Read the whole story here. And watch out for them here in Florida too.