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Old 03-21-2009, 05:14 PM   #1
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AGFC to begin snakehead eradication
Thursday, March 19, 2009

Area Wide News: Story: AGFC to begin snakehead eradication
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Almost a year ago, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission fisheries biologists confirmed a breeding population of northern snakehead, an invasive species from Asia, near Brinkley.

The population was discovered when a farmer found an unusual fish wiggling along a gravel farm road near a ditch and contacted the AGFC regional office in Brinkley.

Later this month, AGFC and U.S. Fish and Wildlife personnel will begin a process to eradicate the invasive species from Piney Creek and its watershed.
The eradication process includes the use of helicopters, boats, ground crews and amphibious track vehicles. The crews will be spreading Rotenone, a chemical for fish eradications, which will kill out all fish in the waters where it is placed. The species was banned in Arkansas in 2002 and placed under a federal importation ban the same year because of its potential to cause problems with native fish.
For more information on the planned project, please contact the AGFC Regional Office in Brinkley, 877-734-4581, or the Fisheries Division in the Little Rock Office, 501- 223-6428.
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