The Marine Corps is going after the invasive snakehead.
Unfortunately, they’re not bringing heavy artillery–just some rods and reels and maybe some bows and arrows.
The Marine Corps will be hosting their first ever snakehead fishing tournament June 7 in the waters surrounding the Marine base at Quantico, Virginia. Event organizer Euel Tritt explained the idea behind the 24 hour-long to Marines.com.
“What we’re trying to do is promote some fun and some fishing opportunities,” Tritt said. “I think it’s going to be a great event, just for Marines and their families to do something different on a weekend.”
The contest is open to the public and takes place during a free fishing weekend in Virginia so no fishing license is required to participate. Although the invasive snakehead fish is the tournaments’ primary target prizes will also be awarded for gar, carp, and catfish. Fish can be caught via rod and reel or taken with bow and arrow. In accordance with Virginia law, all snakeheads taken from the water must be killed immediately.
Tim Stamps, head of the Quantico Natural Resources Section, says, “The tournament is to let people know it’s [snakehead] a good resource out there that’s good to eat and fun to catch. Hunt for them, fish for them, kill them, eat them.”