If you’re swimming in Lake Michigan this summer, you may come across those bright orange fish, you know, goldfish. It seems more and more people are flushing their fish and ending up in the Great Lakes. The Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper in New York recently posted a picture of a 14-inch goldfish that was caught last week. He says they can destroy the habitat of native fish and if you can’t keep your pet fish, to return it to the store instead of releasing or flushing it.
Goldfish, however can be lucrative to commercial fishing in the Great Lakes. MLive published a story a couple years ago of how often fisherman catch goldfish in their netting and the money it brings in. You can check out the full story here.
Photo courtesy of Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper