The Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) is proposing a commercial electrofishing fishery for non-native catfishes in Virginia portions of Chesapeake Bay (Click here for notice). At the Finfish Management Advisory Committee (FMAC) meetings on November 14th and 2...

Virginia Tech scientists present an impressive Flathead Catfish from the James River during an electrofishing survey.

Although Blue Catfish receive a lot of attention in the Chesapeake Bay region, Flathead Catfish also present a potential threat to native species. A stu...

When a new species is introduced to an area, scientists are typically interested in the species' feeding behavior to determine how it will fit into its new ecosystem. Blue Catfish were introduced to Virginia tidal rivers beginning in the 1970s and have since exploded i...

Identifying fishes can be difficult, even for those with specialized training. Some groups of fishes are known to be difficult to identify (e.g., minnows and sculpins), as species look similar and distinguishing characteristics are subtle or may require a microscope to...

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