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Invasive tilapia have made their way into Texas lakes, rivers

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Posted at 7:16 PM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 20:16:08-05

Texas Parks and Wildlife says invasive tilapia have made their way into Texas lakes and rivers.

The tilapia are competing with native fish for spawning areas, food and space.

Texas Parks and Wildlife says if you catch some, don't release them back into the lake. Instead, you should eat them.

Tilapia are on the state's prohibited species list, so there is no minimum size or bag limit. This also means it is unlawful to transport or possess the fish alive. The fish are required to be partially cleaned before leaving the lake.