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By Tom Doggett

Reuters

 

WASHINGTON - The land-walking snakehead fish that is native to Asia has been found in seven U.S. states and the Bush administration will announce on Tuesday a ban on U.S. imports of the predatory fish.

 

The snakehead, which can grow up to 3 feet long, eats other fish and can walk across land to find new sources of food in other lakes and streams. The fish can stay out of water for up to three days.

 

The fish came to light this summer after several snakeheads were found in a Maryland pond. The so-called Frankenfish were dumped there by a local resident who had initially imported them to make soup.

 

Snakeheads have been found in six other states: Hawaii, Florida, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, according to the Interior Department.

 

Interior Secretary Gale Norton will make the announcement that 28 species of snakehead fish will be subject to an government import and trade ban, unless a special permit is granted, a department official said on Monday.

 

"Interstate commerce will be illegal, you can't sell them across state lines," the official said.

 

The fish has primarily been imported to the United States for its excellent taste, even when eaten smoked or dried.

 

"Soup and other culinary delights, that's how it's gotten over here," the official said.

 

A recipe for watercress soup with snakehead fish can be found at Chinese food recipe Web site: http:/www.foodno1.com.

 

On Tuesday, Norton was also to discuss what the government will do to help affected states destroy the fish.

 

Draining lakes that have snakeheads runs the risk of pumping water with some of the infant fish into nearby lakes and streams.

 

Maryland officials are considering poisoning a small lake where at least 80 baby snakeheads have been found.

 

A scientific plan this week is expected to test various chemicals on the baby snakeheads to pinpoint the best way to kill them.

 

"If they got into the larger (water) system, they could alter the food chain and displace other species," said John Surrick, spokesman for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

 

The people of northern Thailand and Myanmar (formerly Burma) believe a snakehead fish is a reincarnated sinner.

 

The freshwater fish has an ugly wide mouth and heavy scales, making it look like a snake's head and letting it swallow prey as large as it is.

 

Adults eat fish, frogs, aquatic birds and small mammals, while juvenile snakehead fish prey on earthworms, water bugs, tadpoles, dragonfly larvae and other organisms.

 

With sharp teeth and powerful jaws, big snakeheads can bite other fish in half.

 

07/22/02 16:03 ET

 

 

they must taste like chicken

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Guest 455

That is fucking retarded........taxpayer's money always put to good use.........

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Guest imported_El Mamerro

It's funny all the stuff the governemnt has to juggle. On one side the Bush administration is hiring citizens to spy on people, carrying out some crazy war thing, on the other side it's trying to get rid of fish that breathe. Crazy times. Beer,

 

El Mamerro

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Guest ctrl+alt+del

? so it gets up and walks to a new body of water ?

im having a hard time imagining this.

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Originally posted by 455

That is fucking retarded........taxpayer's money always put to good use.........

 

these fish pose a threat to natural ecosystems that probobly have endemic and indigenous species within them. the native fish are most likely unable to survive alien predation methods. that would mean complete extinction of another species. that would mean a loss in biodiversity, one of the most important keys to survuval to life on earth.

 

I dodn't even know these fish existed. 3 days! they must be some sort of evolutionary key still alive, which would link aquatic animals to land animals

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Originally posted by 455

That is fucking retarded........taxpayer's money always put to good use.........

 

ACTUALLY I DO OWN THE FUCKING ROAD....love that bumper sticker

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