In the Chesapeake Bay tidal rivers, abundant trophy Blue Catfish have attracted recreational anglers. Several successful catfish anglers saw the opportunity to share their knowledge and created guiding businesses. A quick Google search yields many options for a day on...

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...

Catching a record trophy fish is a major feat. When and where will someone catch the next world record catfish? The odds are long against catching the next record, but it will happen. When it does it will start a buzz in the media that will stimulate others to go after...

Fisheries scientists classify fish deaths into two categories: natural and fishing mortality. Natural mortality is the rate at which fish die due to causes unrelated to fishing. Sources of natural mortality may include predation, disease, habitat insufficiencies (e.g....

Fish size is an important aspect of any fishery, whether recreational or commercial. Recreational fishers want to catch bragging size trophies or fish big enough to justify cleaning them. Commercial fishers may also target fish to match consumer demand. Many anglers be...

Over the past several years, we have spent hundreds of hours on the water collecting blue catfish diet information. We’ve collected thousands of stomachs from the James, Pamunkey, Mattaponi, and Rappahannock Rivers.  We’ve sampled during the spring, summer, fall, and w...

In large bodies of water across the U.S., I often hear the same stories about “catfish as big as Volkswagens” or my personal favorite: “commercial divers saw catfish so big, they refused to go back down”. These stories are nothing more than urban legend, and I’ve heard...

We've all heard, at one point or another, that "invasive species are bad for the environment." In fact, many scientists cite invasive species and habitat degradation as the two greatest threats to global biodiversity. But how do we define an invasive species? Why are m...

Blue Catfish are a large-river catfish that has been introduced to several Atlantic slope rivers. They are now abundant in many rivers and reservoirs along the Atlantic slope. Some entities have labeled Blue Catfish as “invasive” and resolved that all practicable metho...

I remember my Mom, when she noted something foolish I had done, would say “you ain't got the sense God gave geese.”   I was never confused about her meaning – “use the senses God gave you!”   As I study different animals I am still fascinated by the special senses that...

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