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April 30, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
The northern snakehead is an invasive predator fish that can perform all kinds of non-fish-like feats -- like breathing only air for up to four days and even using its fins to crawl across land to get to a body of water. And this weekend, environmental officials in New York will be checking to see if any of these super-fish are lurking in Harlem Meer, a man-made lake in Central Park. Hopefully, they won't find one. "If we spot one, we will take it out, but there is no confirmation that there are any in there," said Rodney Rivera, a spokesman for the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.
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April 30, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
The northern snakehead is an invasive predator fish that can perform all kinds of non-fish-like feats -- like breathing only air for up to four days and even using its fins to crawl across land to get to a body of water. And this weekend, environmental officials in New York will be checking to see if any of these super-fish are lurking in Harlem Meer, a man-made lake in Central Park. Hopefully, they won't find one. "If we spot one, we will take it out, but there is no confirmation that there are any in there," said Rodney Rivera, a spokesman for the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.
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NATIONAL
November 29, 2002 | Stephen Braun, Times Staff Writer
The state of Maryland has declared victory in its war on snakeheads, the aquatic invaders whose bristling teeth and ability to migrate by land made them the real-life equivalent of summer horror-movie creatures. After a final round of tests this month at a rural Maryland pond found no trace of the fish, Maryland wildlife officials said they plan to ask the Legislature next year to tighten standards and scrutiny of snakeheads and other predators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2004 | From Associated Press
Federal agents arrested a Koreatown market owner Friday on charges of importing live northern snakehead fish, a foreign species that can breathe air, walk on land and voraciously feed on native fish and other animals. Sung Chul "Daniel" Rhee, 46, of Glendale was arrested at his Los Angeles store by agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. attorney's office said. Rhee appeared in court Friday but did not enter a plea, said U.S.
NATIONAL
September 19, 2002 | From Associated Press
Tests show that a breeding population of the voracious northern snakehead fish has been wiped out and state wildlife officials have started rehabilitating the pond where the alien invaders were found. Biologists have found the bodies of six adult snakeheads and more than 1,000 juveniles since they sprayed the fish poison rotenone on the 4-acre pond here about two weeks ago. The fish were descendants of one pair put into the pond two years ago by a man who bought them in New York.
NATIONAL
August 7, 2002 | From Reuters
Maryland's Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday that it would use poison to kill the land-crawling snakehead fish found in a local pond to stop the predator from spreading into the state's waterways. The snakehead, a native of China that grows up to 3 feet long and can crawl across land, was discovered this summer by a fisherman in a pond in Crofton, Md., raising fears that it could devastate local fish populations.
NATIONAL
September 5, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
State game officials sprayed enough poison to kill every fish in a murky pond to get rid of a foreign predator that infiltrated suburban Washington: the voracious, land-crawling snakehead fish. The state dispatched two boats to spray 16 gallons of suffocating poison on the Crofton pond, where game officials feared the snakeheads that lived there would threaten native fish and possibly migrate to other waters. Two hours after the poison was applied, fish came to the surface, struggling for air.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2004 | From Associated Press
Federal agents arrested a Koreatown market owner Friday on charges of importing live northern snakehead fish, a foreign species that can breathe air, walk on land and voraciously feed on native fish and other animals. Sung Chul "Daniel" Rhee, 46, of Glendale was arrested at his Los Angeles store by agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. attorney's office said. Rhee appeared in court Friday but did not enter a plea, said U.S.
OPINION
September 2, 2002
One rarely noted blessing of Labor Day and summer's unofficial end is the changed definition of what's news and, therefore, what's on the nation's chatter agenda. People return to work and school these days and to doing what's more likely to matter than sitting on a beach worrying whether they set the air conditioner too low back home.
NATIONAL
July 24, 2002 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Their voracious appetites, canine-like teeth and rare ability to wiggle across dry land have earned the 28 species of snakehead fish a spot on the U.S. government's most-wanted list for wildlife, Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton said Tuesday. She proposed designating snakeheads--which are known by a variety of derogatory nicknames, including frankenfish--as "injurious wildlife." That would make it illegal to import them or to transport them across state lines.
NATIONAL
November 29, 2002 | Stephen Braun, Times Staff Writer
The state of Maryland has declared victory in its war on snakeheads, the aquatic invaders whose bristling teeth and ability to migrate by land made them the real-life equivalent of summer horror-movie creatures. After a final round of tests this month at a rural Maryland pond found no trace of the fish, Maryland wildlife officials said they plan to ask the Legislature next year to tighten standards and scrutiny of snakeheads and other predators.
NATIONAL
September 19, 2002 | From Associated Press
Tests show that a breeding population of the voracious northern snakehead fish has been wiped out and state wildlife officials have started rehabilitating the pond where the alien invaders were found. Biologists have found the bodies of six adult snakeheads and more than 1,000 juveniles since they sprayed the fish poison rotenone on the 4-acre pond here about two weeks ago. The fish were descendants of one pair put into the pond two years ago by a man who bought them in New York.
NATIONAL
September 5, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
State game officials sprayed enough poison to kill every fish in a murky pond to get rid of a foreign predator that infiltrated suburban Washington: the voracious, land-crawling snakehead fish. The state dispatched two boats to spray 16 gallons of suffocating poison on the Crofton pond, where game officials feared the snakeheads that lived there would threaten native fish and possibly migrate to other waters. Two hours after the poison was applied, fish came to the surface, struggling for air.
OPINION
September 2, 2002
One rarely noted blessing of Labor Day and summer's unofficial end is the changed definition of what's news and, therefore, what's on the nation's chatter agenda. People return to work and school these days and to doing what's more likely to matter than sitting on a beach worrying whether they set the air conditioner too low back home.
NATIONAL
August 7, 2002 | From Reuters
Maryland's Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday that it would use poison to kill the land-crawling snakehead fish found in a local pond to stop the predator from spreading into the state's waterways. The snakehead, a native of China that grows up to 3 feet long and can crawl across land, was discovered this summer by a fisherman in a pond in Crofton, Md., raising fears that it could devastate local fish populations.
NATIONAL
July 24, 2002 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Their voracious appetites, canine-like teeth and rare ability to wiggle across dry land have earned the 28 species of snakehead fish a spot on the U.S. government's most-wanted list for wildlife, Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton said Tuesday. She proposed designating snakeheads--which are known by a variety of derogatory nicknames, including frankenfish--as "injurious wildlife." That would make it illegal to import them or to transport them across state lines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2004 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
In a case of ethnic customs clashing with environmental protection, a Koreatown grocer is facing felony charges for selling live snakehead fish at his supermarket. The fish, native to China but now farmed across Asia, is considered a delicacy. It is smuggled across the Pacific Ocean and sold for $15 a pound. Korean tradition holds that stewing a live fish and drinking the broth provides a medicinal boost -- especially for women recovering from childbirth.
NATIONAL
July 25, 2004 | Jia Lynn Yang, Times Staff Writer
They may be exotic, but around these parts, they're nothing but common criminals. There are wanted posters with unflattering profile shots. There's the risk of jail time for harboring one of the outlaws, a modest bounty for turning one in and the damning description being circulated for miles around: "small head," "large mouth," "big teeth." The northern snakehead, a fish native to Asia, has been busted here before.
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