Football-sized goldfish have authority in a Minnesota community urging residents not to release into local waters.
Officials in Burnsville, Minnesota, caught nearly 30 giant goldfish, some of which are more than 18 inches tall and weigh up to 4 weights, The Associated Press reports. It is believed that the fish was released by the owners because they thought it was a humane way to get rid of unwanted pets.
City employees fished for large Lunkers in Keller Lake. The invasive species, a cousin of the carp, can reach an incredible size if allowed to swim freely in open water, which makes it difficult for native fish to survive.
“Most of them were definitely larger than what you would find in a typical aquarium,” says Darl
Burnsville officials made the unusual decision to use social media to ask residents not to release the goldfish back into the wild, e Palmer reports
“Please do not release your goldfish into ponds and lakes!”the TitterItter city counts States. “They get bigger than you think and contribute to the poor water quality by purifying the bottom sediments and exterminating the plants.”
Goldfish swimming in the rampage is a ubiquitous problem in many states and Canada, as well as in Europe and Australia. Hardy fish survive well in oxygen-poor environments and easily tolerate extremely cold conditions.
Last November, more than 50,000 goldfish were caught in Bigo officials are trying to restore the waterway, but they are careful that the problem will not disappear.
“We don’t want to use all these resources and get these fish back and put the lake back in a stable system and then make it possible again,” said Andre Dic Dickhart of Carver Count Management
Goldfish can cause poor water quality conditions in ponds and lakes by mixing sediments and uprooting plants. According to Carver County Inc.. They can live up to 25 years, and once stable, there is no easy solution to restore an invasive species like goldfish.”
Canadian authorities estimate that up to 50 goldfish could live in Lake Ontario. The population has exploded in recent years, affecting other species,