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Invasive Snakehead Fish Caught in Salisbury

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This snakehead fish was caught by Dustin Shultie in Tony Tank Creek in Salisbury. (Photo: WBOC) This snakehead fish was caught by Dustin Shultie in Tony Tank Creek in Salisbury. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md.- The invasive snakehead fish has been caught in one Salisbury waterway.  A WBOC viewer informed the station he had hooked the fish in the Tony Tank Creek.

Dustin Shultie is the man who caught the snakehead fish, and said it was not what he was hoping to find on the end of his line.

"It was shocking to me to pull that in and I just know that if you're not aware of this, this is going to become something that somebody is going to have to do something about," said Shultie.

The fish, also known as "frankenfish" can be extremely harmful to a new ecosystem if it invades.  The fish is a top level predator, and posses a threat to native fish populations. 

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources said there are a handful of snakehead fish caught in the Salisbury area every year.  Other sightings have been in the Wicomico River and Beaverdam Creek.  But no matter how few are found in Salisbury, DNR said they are always on the lookout for sightings just to make sure a problem doesn't develop.

"I know just as much about them as the next person but I do know this, if there is fish in there that big, then there is more of them.  And you can rest assured here in the next couple of years that they'll figure it out real quick," said Shultie.

DNR said if you hook a snakehead fish, you should kill it and absolutely not put the fish back into the water.  Also, report the catch/sighting to DNR so the department can use the information in their strategies in maintaining the snakehead fish population.

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