Skip to comments.Football-sized goldfish found in Burnsville [MN] lake, prompting plea not to dump pets
Posted on 07/14/2021 9:35:36 AM PDT by BenLurkin
Burnsville officials found 10 fish, some a foot long, in Keller Lake earlier this month while surveying the fish population as part of a water quality project. On Monday, a second trip yielded 18 more fish, some 18 inches long and estimated to weigh about 4 pounds.
The proliferation of the bright orange fish, which don't naturally live in Minnesota waters, is a problem that's plagued communities around the metro as pet owners seeking a humane next chapter for their pets — which hail from east Asia and are a smaller cousin of the common carp — end up adding an invasive creature to their local waterways. It is illegal in Minnesota to release goldfish into waterways.
Goldfish, which reproduce rapidly and have few natural predators, impair water quality by feeding along lake floors, disrupting plants and stirring up sediment, which in turn releases phosphorus into the water, encouraging algae growth. The fish also compete with native species for food.
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Open borders, open beaches?
Goldfish, which reproduce rapidly and have few natural predators
What a bunch of bull $hit. They make damn good catfish and bass bait. We use them all the time down here in the south for that.
Fish Lives Matter
Don't they get soggy?....How do you keep them on the hook?.................
Muskies, tiger muskies, and pike, tear them to pieces. Jeeze.
How do they like the Minnesota winter? Since they feed on the lake floor do they just shrug off the freezing temps?
Don’t forget the turtles.
I had a friend in elementary school that caught a big, really big, blue gill. He brought it home and put it in an aquarium. After school we’d go to the 5 & 10, buy goldfish and feed them to it. It would just about swallow them whole.
I’m thinking they would taste good. Butter, salt, pepper, lemon juice.
When it comes to the migration of species there is no stopping it now with thr current levels of global trade and travel. it’s more of a government jobs program than anything.
Fish don’t look at a smaller fish and wonder if it looks like fish they’re used to eating or not.
You are right. There is a reason fishing lures are often brightly colored, it attracts fish. I wish environmentalists would "follow the science". Very few goldfish survive to that size in the wild because of predation.
Does it taste good????
at least it was identifiable when caught...
i remember when the first snakehead fish was caught in a maryland pond and the guy that caught it released it because he didn’t recognize it...
dnr tried shocking the water and finally ended up draining the pond to eradicate it...
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