I guess it would be too simple to make the guy who released the fish responsible for catching all of them. Anyone know who he is? If not, I imagine law enforcement agencies are searching, right?
To: henderson field
I think they have a pretty good idea who it is from this paragraph in the story:
With a face only an Asian carp mother could love, the fish was brought from China to Arkansas fish farms in the early 1970s to improve water quality and control algae blooms. The fish escaped when aquaculture ponds adjacent to the Mississippi River flooded about a decade ago.
Making them clean it up is another matter. I don't know how they'd prove from which ponds the fish escaped & they'd all deny it.
Either way, it'd be a horrendous mess if they get into Lake Michigan and start reproducing. From Lake Michigan, it's into Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. (BTW, you can send me my gold star for naming all five Great Lakes without looking it up--and I DID NOT include Lake Champlain.)
posted on 07/22/2002 8:43:21 PM PDT
To: henderson field
The Maryland DNR and State Police found out who dumped the fish into the pond. They have not released his name, but he dumped two one-foot long Snakeheads into the pond about two years ago. Unfortunatly, the statute of limitations is only two years for what ever they were going to charge him with, and they are not going to press charges.
This pond was my secret bass and pike pond until someone caught one of these snakeheads this spring. The pond is located off of Maryland Rt. 3 in Crofton behind the Dunkin Donuts and the strip Mall. For a while this pond was a zoo. Hundreds of people would come and try and catch the snakeheads, but now the DNR has the pond closed while they try and figure out what to do with these fish. They are afraid that if they drain or poison the pond that the snakeheads, who can breath out of the water for up to three days and can kinda walk on their fins, will walk out of the pond and over the 50 yards through the woods to the Patuxent River. This river leads to the Chesapeake Bay, but luckily the snakehead, if it does get to the river can not live in the saltier waters of the bay.
Right now I believe that the DNR is going to put a herbicide into the lake that will kill all of the plants and then they are going to use some chemical that bonds to fish gills and prevents them from breathing. It should happen soon, like early August. Unfortunatly, my secret fishing hole, will never be the same again, now that everyone knows that this was the pond where the dreaded Killer Snakefish lived. But thats okay, I have other secret fishing places. :)
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