Last week the department was notified of two South American catfish species that were found floating near a DEC boat launch.
It’s likely these fish were dumped from a person’s aquarium because they outgrew their tank.
Non-native fish can disrupt the balance of our aquatic ecosystems. Not to mention, releasing any fish in New York waters without a permit is strictly prohibited.
If you catch an exotic species, contact your local DEC law enforcement officer. Never release it back in the water.
Photo: Two South American catfish species found floating near a DEC boat launch.