"This is a voracious predator," B.C.'s environment minister Terry Lake told media
on Friday, June 9, shortly after a snakehead had been removed from the pond in Burnaby, outside of Vancouver. "It has no natural enemies in this environment. And so left unchecked, it could devastate ecosystems, and native species would really suffer."
B.C. Controlled Alien Species Regulation
The snakehead fish is not native to B.C. or Canada and it's not known how it got into this lagoon in Central Park. A citizen spotted it last month and took a video, which he put up on Youtube. The story made local news and the environment ministry began an investigation.
Lake said they will now work to put the predatory snakehead, which has no natural predator and can jump out of the water and attack, surviving up to four days on land, into the Controlled Alien Species Regulation and ban its importation into the province. They do not know how many other bodies of water it may have found its way into in the province.
Snakehead fish: invasive species
The edible snakehead
reproduces at an alarming rate and is native to Africa and Asia but is an invasive species now in many countries in the world. In the U.S. it has been established in some areas and in an effort get rid of it, the Department of Natural Resources in Maryland recently began offering rewards to anglers who killed a snakehead.
Lake, who said they are making certain the snakehead was the only one in the lagoon, said that the inclusion of the snakehead into the regulation should be completed by the fall.