Pleco Invasion - Trouble in Blue Spring State Park

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Sam Hem : Tell the Chinese they cure erectile disfunction. They'll be gone in a couple years.

WesleyAPEX : Those big ones can be sold 50$ each

Christopher Cox : Some say he's still down there to this day, trying to catch plecos by hand

Ronan Gamero : Yup, those are common pleco. They're a native species here in Brazil. My advice, fish them using line and hook or arpoon, since they're bottom dwellers a net won't work, but a fish trap with vegetables inside might work well. You can eat them, the meat is good, so encouraging ppl to fish them would be a start to fight the invasion.

ti portangeles : Open the weekends for free, to fishermen to catch and eat. Alternately, they could be sold as/used for fertilizer.  Fish do make excellent fertilizer. Also these fish could be donated to local shelters.  Catfish is great eating! And lastly, the State could set up a little restaurant on near these grounds, and sell catfish lunches and dinners. They'd make a profit, used to protect this area.  Lots could be done with these fish and their numbers could be drastically reduced!

Darth Masher : We had this problem in a local lake, people just started taking them out with nets, drying them and using them as plant fertilizer

Alvaro Quezada : The question is do they taste good???

Bounty B. Wolf : Are they poisonous? If not then I recommend a fish fry event. Let the biggest invasive species eat the other. Could even be a contest to see who can catch the most by numbers and by weight. Give out cheap plastic trophies. Everybody is happy.

Daniel Worley : This is bullshit. Florida has many invasive species. The problem is government regulations. Instead of giving money to groups to study these animals give to the people who will eradicate the problem. After all isn't man the greatest risk to nature. That's what we're all told anyways.

Ozinga : They eat algae so that will be the clearest lake around.

wedemboyz** DC4L : I live in south Texas and we got those in all of the canals. When i catch one ill leave out to die

muruhs : Dang, I wish I was rich enough to farm them, and take them to the poor or countries lacking in food because they taste a whole lot better than tilapia.

Ong Seng Aun : One religion teaches their followers to release aquatic life to so-called reduce their sins. I have seen them releasing freshwater crabs into the sea. Anyone who stops them will be perceived by them as an antagonist, a big bad guy.

KGTropicals : I believe I’ve just watched Steve Poland’s next viral video!! Well done my friend, what a great way to raise awareness!!!

Bheem Balkaran : That does taste reallll bessss with curry folks.....u hav no idea... try it u might like it yummmmmmyyyy

Mick Carson : People always create problems, never do any good for themselves and the world they live in where one does bad things and the other tries to fix it, where the son's of bastards cause problems and trouble to those who are caring to everyday life. No matter where you are, there is alway a stupid person, a crazy idiot, a brain dead moron who has to stuff up other people and everything within. This video clearly shows what happens when irresponsible, yet brain dead imbeciles throw aquarium fishes in lakes and rivers and couldn't careless of the aftermath, destruction of native fish. Goldfishes are also invasive, as they grow huge after a few year and become like the red Carps. These in turn eat native fish fry and small fish until there are none. Then the Carp either dies or turn into cannibalism. And when you go fishing, all Carps you get. Respect the environment and its wildlife. If you no longer want exotic fish, return it to the aquarium store or kill them. The same if you have lizards, snakes, birds, etc.

Trump 2016 : Donald Trump will build a wall to keep those fish out.

Kucing Ular : I think otter will be one of the solution can be used. I feed my otter with pleco so many times and i think it will works to control these over populated pleco.

TM Aquatics : If only they were zebra plecos 🤔

Jake Holtz : First goldfish now plecos

WesleyAPEX : They’re in Houston and south Texas too

Mitchell Staley : Rock springs florida too does have quite a few. I get yelled at when i try to take them out! They can be caught by hand but its not very effective. A simple Hawaiian sling spear is the best option however spearfishing in fresh water for any native or non native species is illegal. We need to get the regulations changed to allow for indiscriminate capture by any means necessary and then invite divers to come do so. Same with tilapia!

Diane Hakala : Why don't they Net them instead of catching them one at a time

Touge : Bowfish them bitches !

Faizal ranyan : how can you people cant handle cat fish.. i think asian can fix it in the best way.. catfish buffet everyone..

Astrum Stellar : you can feed ppl with the excess fish im sure someone somewhere is dying for catfish

Tibly : Eat them !!! They are very delicious!!! They have to be eaten fresh!!! Their texture is like of a crab meat, make sure you seasoning them welll,,,,

Marcelo Bezerrapereira : Show like gostei muito 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷

NO 俄美 : jυѕт ĸιll deм all

dilophosaurus sk : gotta cathch em all!

Caiden H : Catfish wearing armor? Now that's evolution..

Miss Anthropy : humans are invading species It's better for every animal in the world if we make great fertilizar from those corpses

Dan Hiteshew : Wow. I didn't know they were overpopulating like that! That was nuts! Those manatees don't stand a chance.

Monkey D. Zoro : Easy solve............... *Someone hold my beer and pass me a Hook with some bait*

Boosted C7 Z06 : But I thought these fishes eat algae? Good to keep the water clean?

Armo Steve : I kind of love this fishis😊🤩

Village TV : GOD IS THE GREATEST PLANNER

Caleb Moore : So why am I paying 7 dollars EACH for Plecos when I can get em for free over there?

Mehmet Sena koç : Watoz

JamBobo JBOTV : Indonesian = this is Fish sapu sapu ,,

SIR.DONJENNERO GORRELL : ? goúd? Awesome👍🏾👍🏾.. Thx u 🙌🏾💀😤♎..

Perry Daniels : Open the springs for special fishing only place a bounty on them, all other fish released. 👍

ZERO260/// : Florida should start a pet food and fertilizer business. Dog, fish, reptile and cat foods based with invasive animals such as pleco catfish and python snakes. This would generate money as well as get the public involved in the capture if a payment plan was established.

Xenomorph King : Well, maybe we can eat em?

snifferdogg forfreedom : They have good meat just hard to clean

EnRich : Looks like some good eatin to me!

Seih Tahw : Not worst than the humans did!

Tom Melli : I collected thousands of plecos from South Florida canals over the years..sold each one for between $5 (wholesale) and $25 (retail) very easy to catch in clear water with snorkel gear and a net. In only 3 to 4 hours, I typically would catch 20 to 30 every time..then a quick 15 minute drive to sell them at local fish farm/koi pond business. I'm amazed more people aren't doing it. The $$ was good, great exercise, enjoyable, no boss, and get paid in cash tax free !

Tetsuran mark 1 : So why not just eat them?