A fish farmer has asked for state permission to raise a voracious tropical perch that grows to 6 feet in the wild but couldn't survive Oregon's cold water if it escaped.
The Medford Mail Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/QLGxCv) Robert Camel of Bend wants to raise barramundi at an indoor fish farm in Tumalo.
The Fish and Wildlife Commission is expected to request a study under a process used to allow tilapia farming two years ago.
The barramundi has high omega-3 content and is commonly farmed. It is native in Asia and northern Australia.
Oregon's invasive species coordinator, Rick Boatner, says he was skeptical at first because the fish will "eat anything that fits in its mouth." But he says they couldn't survive more than a month or two in the wild.