Florida man finds armored catfish in driveway following Irma

Florida man finds armored catfish in driveway following Irma
Posted at 9:02 AM, Sep 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-11 05:30:00-04

FORT MYERS, FL (CNN/RNN) - Chris Argiro is a charter fishing boat captain, but thanks to Hurricane Irma, he didn't need the boat to haul in his latest catch.

Argiro captured video of an armored catfish swimming in his driveway after Irma blew through, dumping heavy rainfall up and down the Florida peninsula.

Streets across Fort Myers, where Argiro lives, were under water as Irma passed through as a Category 3 hurricane.

Armored catfish are an invasive species in Florida that cause damage to lakes and rivers along the shorelines and can wreak havoc with ecosystems.

The fish are also a major problem in Texas and Mexico.

A report by the Houston Chronicle said the fish is native to South America and is inedible, making it even more difficult to regulate. It says Texas law prohibits releasing armored catfish into the wild and requires anglers to kill any they catch.

The fish is most familiar to people as an aquarium fish known as an algae-eater where it is valued for one of the primary traits that makes it destructive in lakes.

It is believed the fish were introduced in the United States by aquarium owners who released them into lakes when they became either too big or were no longer needed.

Yahoo report said the fish have no natural predators and destroy shorelines by building nests in the banks just below the waterline, which accelerates erosion.

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