State To Sportsmen: Kill This Species Immediately

Outdoorsmen are being urged to be on the lookout for an invasive species, and to kill it on sight. File photo.

Lawrenceville, Ga. — Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources has a message for anglers:

If you catch a northern snakehead, kill it immediately.

Northern snakeheads are invasive fish that can breathe air and survive for days on land.

An angler recently reported catching one in a private pond in Gwinnett County.

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Invasive Snakehead Fish Found in Georgia | Georgia Wildlife Blog

How it got there is a mystery.

State wildlife officials said in a press release it’s the first time the species has been confirmed in Georgia waters.

It’s been found in 14 other states.

Snakeheads are native to Asia. They’re long, thin and up to 3 feet long, colored blotchy brown. Their dorsal fins stretch along the entire back.

Officials urge anglers who catch one to do the following, according to Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources:

DO NOT RELEASE IT.
Kill it immediately and freeze it. They can survive on land … Read more.