Joey Love, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on August 24, 2012 | Permalink
Not a Snakehead, But an American Eel
Location: Sillery Bay Community Beach
This picture was sent in by a concerned angler who thought a snakehead had washed up at Sillery Bay Community Beach near Pasadena on August 14th. The fish that washed up was an American eel, which is native to Maryland and has been considered as a protected species by the Endangered Species Act. Maryland DNR and many other agencies have worked toward improving access to important upstream habitats for American eel and other fishes.
Dams like Bloede Dam (http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/bloededam/index.asp) can impede upstream access of migratory fish like American eel and brook trout. So how do biologists help eels over dams? Check out a cool video on “eel ladders” up at Conowingo Dam (Susquehanna River) http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=416604048386235.