Snakehead fish: Maryland offers $200 gift cards for a dead snakehead fish (Photo)

By on Apr 8, 2012 in Animals, Science, United States, World Comments
Snakehead fish

Snakehead fish
Image Credit: AP/Ed Wray

A snakehead fish is reportedly worth $200 gift cards in Maryland. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Inland Fisheries will be paying the reported amount, through Bass Pro Shops, on whoever will be able to capture and kill a snakehead fish, according to reports by several international news sites on Friday, April 6, 2012.

Reports say that the snakehead fish is reportedly an invasive species from Africa that has affected the local ecosystem in Maryland.

Don Cosden, Director of Maryland DNR, said in a statement that they “do not want snakeheads in our waters.” Paying $200 gift cards to snakehead fish captors is “a way to remind anglers that it is important to catch and remove this invasive species of fish.”

In 2002, the first snakehead fish, measuring about 18-inch, was caught in a local pond in Maryland.

Reports say that snakehead fish can survive on land for up to four days. The predator species later migrated into the Potomac River.

Selling snakehead fish is prohibited in most US states. However, snakehead fish are being sold in several US states that include New York, Texas, Florida and Missouri.

According to DNR officials, the $200 gift cards and other prizes can be claimed after uploading a photo of the captor together with a dead snakehead fish into the DNR’s Angler’s Log site.

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