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What should be done with a captured snakehead fish?

If you capture a snakehead fish:

  • Do not release the fish or throw it up on the bank (it could wriggle back into the water). Remember, this fish is an air breather and can live a long time out of water.
  • Kill the fish by freezing it or putting it on ice for an extended length of time.
  • Photograph the fish if you have access to a camera so the species of snakehead fish can be positively identified.
  • Contact your nearest fish and game agency or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (703-358-2148) as soon as possible. Keeping data on the size, number, and location of where snakeheads are caught or seen is vital to controlling this invasive fish.

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