Hard on the heels of capturing the dreaded snakehead fish from a Vancouver-area park pond, scientists are warning another foreign finned invader is potentially threatening B.C. waters.
The province's already stressed salmon stocks could be in danger after voracious Asian carp reportedly were sighted in the Fraser River, CTV News reports.
Fishermen have reported seeing the invasive fish species, which the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) says could prey on salmon larvae and compete for food with indigenous fish, swimming in the Fraser near Lillooet and Lytton, northeast of Vancouver, according to the Vancouver Sun.
Last June, biologists half-drained a pond in Burnaby's Central Park and caught a highly predatory snakehead fish, which originates in Asia and Africa. Luckily the fish, most likely released by someone whose tank could not longer hold the two-foot-long snakehead, appeared to be a loner with no evidence it had spawned.
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