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Invasive “Frankenfish” spotted in the Upper Delaware River

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(WBNG) -- Local anglers are concerned after the invasive Northern Snakehead was caught in the Upper Delaware River.

The Northern Snakehead is known to eat everything in it's path, and it gets a little scarier. Anglers often call it the "Frankenfish" for it's ability to temporarily walk on land, and even breathe air.

"It's a pretty hard, veracious predator," said Friends of the Upper Delaware River Executive Director Jeff Skelding.

Skelding says he's seen in the Snakehead in the past, when it was first discovered in Maryland. Now, 17 years later, the fish can be found all over the east coast. However, it's spread has created devastating effects on the ecosystem.

"It's crowding out other species in the river, it's taking away the food source for other species in the river," said Skelding.

With growing concern about its presence in the Upper Delaware, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation wants you to photograph the fish if you catch one. You can email your photo to chris.vanmaaren@dec.ny.gov, and you can report the fish to iMap Invasives.

After photographing the fish, NYSDEC and fellow fishing groups agree the fish must be euthanized. It can be kept for consumption or disposed of.

Katie Jones

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