An invasive fish species has been confirmed in Georgia waters. Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources says northern snakeheads are invasive fish that can breath air and survive on days on land.
If you find a northern snakehead in Georgia, kill it immediately and contact a DNR Regional Office. https://t.co/dbxWM0gaZQ
— Georgia DNR Wildlife (@GeorgiaWild) October 10, 2019
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.
- If possible, take pictures of the fish. Include close ups of its mouth, fins, and tail.
- Note where it was caught like the waterbody, landmarks or GPS coordinates.
- Immediately report it to your regional Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division Fisheries Office.