4-lb. goldfish among non-natives invading Tahoe

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Updated: 2/26/2013 12:22 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Researchers at Lake Tahoe are raising new concerns about non-native, warm-water fish invading the mountain lake's chilly waters, including giant, minnow-gulping goldfish weighing as much as 4 pounds.

Studies in the mid-2000s prompted funding for a warm-water fish control program at the University of Nevada-Reno. Since the project began in 2011, scientists have removed thousands of fish, including about 90 goldfish, mostly on the south end of the lake around the Tahoe Keys.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports it's not clear why the goldfish are populating near-shore regions in Tahoe, but some suspect it most likely is from aquarium dumping. The problem is they eat native minnows, one of the main sources of food for naturalized species, including Mackinaw and trout.

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Paladin - 2/27/2013 11:02 AM
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MacnNatesMom, A golffish is a small, very plump fish with dimple like scales that is usually albino white but can be found in yellow, orange and occasionally red striped. They tend to like the shallow waters and can be found near the Edgewood area at Stateline and other shoreline housing areas. They are not edible as they have a very hard scale surface. Marine biologists report that the earliest known golffish were found in the lochs of Scotland several centuries ago and may have migrated with the Scots. They can now be found world wide.

MacnNatesMom - 2/25/2013 6:59 PM
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MacnNatesMom - 2/25/2013 6:52 PM
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What is a golf fish?????? Hey News 4, if you need a new editor, I might know a few people!

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