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Catfishes are often thought of as sedentary fishes that lie on the bottom of the river, lake or pond waiting for an easy meal. Published studies have supported their sedentary nature (Pugh and Schramm 1999), but others have reported movements over 400 miles (Garrett an...

Flathead Catfish are native to many river systems flowing to the Gulf of Mexico, but now exist in several Chesapeake Bay drainages. The species is known to feed primarily on fishes and has been implicated in native fish declines along the Atlantic Coast. Flathead Catfi...


If you read an earlier post on ageing catfish (click here), you may have been curious about otoliths. Otoliths are calcium-based structures in the heads of ray-finned fishes. Their function is to aid in balance and hearing, similar to our inner ear bones. Otoliths sit...

Blue Catfish were introduced to tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay in the 1970s and 1980s to establish new fisheries, but their presence has generated concern for native species. Much of that concern stems from incredible abundances reported by scientists and fishers, c...

Once every couple months while scrolling through my Facebook feed, I'm inspired to put on my detective cap. I see an enormous catfish with a proportionally tiny person trying to present it to a camera. The caption reads something along the lines of “Huge Catfish Caught...

As Blue Catfish is an invasive species in the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay, the first method people think of to control the species is human consumption. “If you can’t beat them, eat them” is a common phrase you hear in the promotion of what is often called “invas...

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