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Md. County Looks To Make Invasive ‘Snakehead’ Fish Sound More Appetizing

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In this undated handout photo from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a northern snakehead fish is held. The northern snakehead, dubbed "Frankenfish", is an invasive species from Asia that threatens North American ecosystems.   (Photo credit: the SDA via Getty Images)

In this undated handout photo from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a northern snakehead fish is held. The northern snakehead, dubbed “Frankenfish”, is an invasive species from Asia that threatens North American ecosystems. (Photo credit: the SDA via Getty Images)

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) – The snakehead fish is an Asian species that is considered highly invasive. They were first found in the Maryland area more than a decade ago, and they have been stubbornly sticking around ever since.

The snakehead has even been called “Fishzilla” by National Georgraphic because of its ability to negatively impact ecosystems.

But one Maryland county is holding a contest to give the fish a third, and hopefully more tasty-sounding, name.

The purpose of the contest is to make the snakehead, which is apparently delicious, seem more appetizing. Because, the contest page says, “who wants to order a snakehead for dinner?”

Charles County is also home to the annual Potomac Snakehead Tournament. A percentage of the profits from the event are donated to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to help fight invasive species in the watershed. The website says additional goals of the tournament are to promote the sport fishing of snakeheads to reduce the population and to raise public awareness of snakeheads as a “high quality, commercially viable, food source.”

To enter the snakehead re-naming contest, visit charlescountymd.gov.

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