• Exotic fish found in Vt pond; state notes peril
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     | November 08,2013
     

    MONTPELIER — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is warning people not to release aquarium fish into the state’s waterways.

    The warning came after a non-native clown knife fish was found dead in North Montpelier Pond.

    Fisheries biologist Shawn Good says it’s likely the 17-inch fish had been someone’s pet but outgrew its aquarium and was released.

    The clown knife fish is a native of Southeast Asia and cannot survive temperatures below 55 degrees.

    Many invasive species of fish and plants have been introduced into North American waterways by people releasing aquarium species. People who do so can be fined $500.

    If a dangerous fish were released it could have required biologists to kill all the fish in the pond to keep it from spreading.

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