Snakehead fish are native to Africa as well as Asia, consisting of China, Korea, and also Thailand. They comprise concerning 35 types. They were found in Virginia in 2004 as well as have actually come to be an intrusive varieties. They have been illegally equipped in numerous streams and are found mainly near Washington D.C., Maryland, and also Virginia. They have likewise been discovered in Michigan, Florida, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and also The golden state. Anglers are urged to fish and eliminate all snakeheads they apprehend.
If anglers do catch the fish, they need to eliminate them. It is not lawful to maintain a live snakehead. The fish is eliminated by getting rid of the head, dividing the gills from the physical body, or getting rid of the inner organs and placing it on ice promptly. This might sound like "overkill" however they want these fish gone. They are extremely intrusive and also they wish to be certain they are genuinely dead. Anglers are additionally informed to state the fish catch to the Virginia Division of Game and Inland Fisheries (if in Virginia) or to similar companies in other states. The hostile actions versus these fish are since they are such an intrusive types. They are on the listing of unfavorable and also predacious exotic varieties. It is illegal to own one without an authorization.