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DEC Warns About An Invasive Fish In The Delaware River

Northern Snakehead vs. look-alike fish
Courtesy of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Northern Snakehead vs. look-alike fish

New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner is urging anglers in the Delaware River to look out for an invasive species.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos wants anglers to watch for northern snakehead, an invasive fish native to Southeast Asia. A northern snakehead was recently caught in the Callicoon area of the Delaware River in Sullivan County. Seggos says northern snakeheads are listed federally as injurious wildlife, and New York state law prohibits their live possession. He says any snakehead caught should be killed immediately. DEC is asking anglers to report snakeheads and note the general location of where the fish was caught. Northern snakeheads are long, thin fish with a single fin running the length of the back, and are generally brown with large, dark blotches along their sides. They can grow up to three feet.

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