MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding people not to release aquarium fish into the wild.
It is illegal to release the fish into Vermont waters.
While most tropical fish are unlikely to become established in Vermont waters due to the cold weather, biologists say that if the aquarium fish survive and reproduce in the wild they can be difficult, if not impossible, to control or eradicate.
They can also cause changes in the native aquatic environment by competing with native species and introduce exotic parasites and diseases.
Vermont biologists recently discovered goldfish, which are native to China, living in the sewer drains of Williston which connect to public waters.
Aquarium plants can also pose a threat if they are released into the wild.
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