Edmonton Journal

Hunt on for bullhead catfish


The man-made Texaco East pond, near Fort McMurray, will be closed to fishing as Alberta Environmen­t and Parks staff hunt for bullhead catfish believed to be illegally stocked there.

The bullhead catfish is a medium-sized fish not generally desired by North American anglers. It was recently added to the prohibited species list and is illegal to import. According to Alberta Environmen­t and Parks, the bullhead catfish is a threat to local fish and other aquatic life.

Releasing any fish into public waters is illegal in Alberta with penalties up to $100,000.

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