Fishing Ethics and Conservation
There has been buzz around the metro DC area about an invasive species flare up from snakehead. Spotted for some time in the Potomac River, the species seems to now be in the Rappahannock River as well. Below is some information anglers fishing in this area should consider:
Snakeheads apparently colonized several creeks in the lower portion of the tidal Rappahannock (below Port Royal) via natural dispersal from the Bay (they appear to be using freshets to ride less dense fresh water over saltwater during storms as a dispersal mechanism).
Snakehead hotline that anglers can use to report snakehead fish (804-367-2925). Anglers are not required to report snakeheads nor are they required to kill them if caught, but the Department asks that the fish be reported and killed if possible. However, if an angler wishes to keep a legally caught northern snakehead, the fish must be killed to be in possession, and the angler must call the hotline and report the angler's last name, date of catch, location of catch and size. Kill the fish by:1.removing the head,2.separating the gill arches from the body, or3.removing the internal organs and put it on ice as quickly as possible.
For more information, check the VA Dept of Game and Inland Fisheries here: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/snakehead-faq.asp
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