Invasive Fish Found In Hudson River! Catch It, Kill It, Leave It On Land!
New York State has been invaded!
There are a variety of creatures that have made their way to New York and they don't belong here! Invasive bugs, worms and fish to name a few. There is one fish that was recently found in the Hudson River Near Poughkeepsie and if you happen to catch one, kill it and leave it on land.
NYS DEC are taking aggressive measure to prevent the Round Gob, one of the biggest threats to NY waters, from making it's way to Lake Champlain. According to Patch the DEC look to incorporate electric field barriers, air bubblers and double-draining to keep the fish from further invasion.
The Round Goby, a bottom-dwelling fish, came to New York in the 1990's from Europe and Asia. These fish not only consumes much of the available food before native fish can, the Roby also eats native fish and their eggs. They have also been known to transmit Botulism to water birds.
We are bolstering current invasive species surveillance education and taking a hard look at the immediate threats posed by these water-borne invaders to implement the most effective strategies that will protect our fisheries, wildlife, and local recreational economies today and into the future. - DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos
The Round Goby is abundant in both Lakes Erie and Ontario. It has become increasingly more common in the state's streams and lakes during the last decade. The key going forward is to prevent further invasion.
Catch it? Kill it and leave it on land.