Have you seen the massive fish in SRP’s Arizona Canal?
ARCADIA, AZ — This morning, while performing routine maintenance along the canal banks near Arizona Falls, SRP crews discovered a rare Mammoth Amur fish “about the size of a well-fed barracuda” swimming and eating vegetation in the Arizona Canal.
“I’ve seen some big fish in the canals over the years, but nothing even close to that scale,” said Ted Wattson, Director of SRP’s Fish-Herding and Aquatic Resources Maintenance department.
SRP stocks its 131-mile canal system with White Amur, who help clean the canals by eating away at weeds and algae.
For context, the typical seven-pound White Amur in SRP canals can eat nearly three-quarters of its weight in weeds every day.
On the other hand (or fin), Wattson estimates this super-sized Mammoth Amur – last spotted in a section of the Arizona Canal in the Arcadia neighborhood near at 56th St. and Indian School Rd. – had eaten (by mid-morning) the equivalent of a community garden in vegetation.
“We’ll have to keep an eye out for this guy when we start fish herding,” Wattson said, referring to the process SRP crews perform during canal dry-up maintenance projects, in which they transport fish from the section of the canal being emptied to another section of the canal with water. “We may have to bring in some extra reinforcements – he’ll be a heavy lift.”
Have you seen the Mammoth Amur in Arizona Canal?