Alien Snakehead fish in BC Waters???
If this species gets established in BC a lot of wild fish are going to suffer along with some sport fisheries.
You see these things live on display in some ethnic restaurants and aquarium stores. Governments need to ban the import of these monsters immediately. The largest of them can grow to 66 lbs; that is a lot of trout and bass needed as food.
When people get tired of the pets they have an emotional attachment too and feel guilty for buying in the first place, they like to convince themselves that a ‘Free Willie’ moment is justified to return the fish or bunny to nature by setting it free.
This is especially so if parents feel guilty and do not want to upset their children by killing something that should not exist here. So they take the kid and let the fish go and feel good.
The problem is that BC is not the nature these monster fish were intended to live in.
Whenever this alien Snakehead species gets established out of their own habitat it is not good for native fish. They actually crawl on land to colonize new lakes and waterways at night when it’s cool. They can move from ditch to ditch to storm water runoff pipes, to streams, to ponds, rivers and lakes.