Branson Williams, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on March 15, 2013 | Permalink
Multi-Agency Snakehead Tagging
Location: Nanjemoy Creek
Recently, MDNR biologists captured and tagged 23 Northern Snakehead in Nanjemoy Creek, Potomac River. The fish were mainly caught over mud flats, in water from 1 - 5 feet deep. The work is part of a multi-agency study that also involves US Fish and Wildlife Service, DC Fisheries, and VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The work aims to estimate the population size of the invasive species in targeted streams of the Potomac River. Agencies will use this information to better understand the threat of the species, control its biomass, and prevent its spread. The tagging work will run through October and biologists will tag fish monthly. To help with this project, anglers are asked to kill any snakehead captured and report tagged fish (tag number and location) to 1-800-448-8322. Participating anglers will get a hat from USFWS for their cooperation.