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Goldfish a big concern for local lake

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – One resident is concerned after she noticed several goldfish had been dumped in the Craighead Forest Park Lake.

 Shawn Merrell with Crowley's Ridge Nature Center says there are regulations against dumping fish in public waters in Arkansas.

"You cannot release native or non-native species into a body of water or bait fish into that water without permission from the Chief of Fisheries or Arkansas Game and Fish Commission," said Merrell.

Non-native fish in new water could be detrimental for its eco-system.

"Taking fish that are native from one lake or pond and putting them in another one could introduce a disease into that body of water that wasn't already there," said Merrell.

With beautiful weather Friday afternoon several people were out fishing. However, no one said they had spotted any goldfish.

Lou Prunty and her husband said they hope the goldfish won't affect one of their favorite fishing spots.

"What I'm worried about are snakes," said Prunty. "That's the reason why I like to come to this clean area."

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