North Carolina Biologists Express Alarm About Foreign Catfish In Water

State biologists are asking the public not to introduce nonnative fish into public waters after officials discovered two flathead catfish in the White Oak River.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission said Tuesday the discovery is alarming because large flathead catfish feed heavily on smaller fish and research indicates that introducing them can lead to the decline of native fish.

Flatheads are native to the Mississippi River basin and have been found in some eastern North Carolina rivers. A survey last year found that flatheads comprised 56 percent of the total catfish numbers in the Tar River, a sharp increase from 14 percent just two years prior.

The White Oak River runs along the boundary between Onslow and
Carteret counties.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jun 24, 2009 at 10:04 AM
    This is true. Eco systems vary from country to country. They have different diseases hence different immunities. When illegals come into our country they bring with them native diseases. Every illegal brought into the classroom is a desk less for an ligitimate American child. Every medical dollar spent on an illegal immigrant is a medical dollar not available for the tax-paying citizen. Like the famished river after introduction of the flathead, the illegal immigrants will eventually deplete resources for the native. Look at Cali. Wake up America!
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jun 23, 2009 at 11:08 AM
    Well it sounds like we Eastern Nortth Carolinians should start to be feeding heavily on the flatheads or at least kill them anyhow.

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