Fifth day of invasive species Christmas: five white perch on ice

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Echo once again is running the Wisconsin Sea Grant version of the popular 12 days of Christmas carol. Produced by outreach specialist Tim Campbell in 2011, it brings 12 days of holiday invasive species cheer.

Things may have changed since then so feel free to update the song in the comments.

Today: Five white perch on ice

Four perch on ice

Perch on ice

Icing your catch is another way fishermen can help prevent the spread of invasive species.  Many invasive species aren’t readily visible to the naked eye, including zebra and quagga mussel veligers, spiny and fishhook waterfleas, and viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS).

Icing the day’s catch makes it so anglers don’t need to transport water and the organisms in it, while also improving table fare. The invasive white perch would go well on ice, as would the yellow perch and any of the other delicious fish species found in Wisconsin.

A fish on ice is twice as nice; that’s a win-win if I’ve ever heard one.

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