How do you fight growth of snakehead fish in Potomac River? - KMSP-TV

How do you fight growth of snakehead fish in Potomac River? Eat it!

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Maryland State Fisheries experts and a D.C. seafood wholesaler are teaming up to fight the explosive growth of a monstrous predator in the Potomac River.

Profish brought in chief chefs from prominent area restaurants to cook up snakehead fish for the menu at a benefit Monday night at Tony and Joe's Seafood Place on the Georgetown waterfront.

Officials with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources say since the invasive species from China was first discovered in a pond in Crofton, Md., it has branched out into tributaries of the Potomac River and is feeding on almost every fish in it.

The fish is sometimes called Frankenfish and Fishzilla because it can breathe for hours outside of water and almost appears to walk by the way it slithers in mud.

People paid $125 per ticket to dine on snakefish at the dinner, which benefited the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

NFL Hall of Famer and former Redskin John Riggins stopped by the restaurant and recorded a segment of his television show, "Riggo on the Range." He told FOX 5 reducing the snakehead fish population is a great way to deal with the problem, "as the slogan goes, if you can't beat it, eat it."


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