In a bizarre incident, authorities in Minnesota asked aquarium owners and fish owners to stop releasing their goldfish into local lakes because they tend to grow several times their normal size and disturb the sea. ecosystem of the water body.
In a tweet from Burnsville’s official Twitter page, they shared several photos of oversized goldfish found in Keller Lake. Their call said, “Please don’t release your goldfish into ponds and lakes!” They get bigger than you might think and contribute to poor water quality by washing up bottom sediment and uprooting plants.
Please do not release your goldfish into ponds and lakes! They get bigger than you might think and contribute to poor water quality by washing up bottom sediment and uprooting plants.
Groups of these large goldfish have recently been found in Lake Keller. pic.twitter.com/Zmya2Ql1E2
– City of Burnsville (@BurnsvilleMN) July 9, 2021
According to The Guardian, last November, authorities removed up to 50,000 goldfish from local waters, which manage to survive and reproduce easily in Minnesota waters. However, fish endanger other species in the water. County water management official Paul Moline told the news website that goldfish “are an under-studied species” and have a high potential to negatively impact water quality. the water of these bodies of water.
A notice from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said that while a few goldfish may seem like a harmless addition to the local body of water, in reality, they are not. “When fish are put into waters where they do not belong, other species and sport fishermen often suffer the effects,” the report said.
Since it was shared online, the post has garnered a lot of attention on social media, with many wondering why the same fish don’t grow when kept in an aquarium but do in lakes and ponds. .
Keep them as pets and feed them to a larger animal or to the toilet when the time comes.
– cow (@_official_cow) July 11, 2021
So before humans started keeping them as pets, weren’t they in the lakes ??
– LA VIBE (@NiweAkeine) July 11, 2021
but it’s … natural fish habitat … where else are you supposed to put it?
– itachi (@bodbalenciaga) July 10, 2021
This fish is as if the body does not make me ashamed pic.twitter.com/Vx63uAlog6
– Black Lives Count KC (@BLM_KC) July 10, 2021
Apparently this is a bottom feed type of carp so they taste like dirt
– the lisp of the rolling shelf (@lauren_ttb) July 10, 2021