An opportunistic and adaptable apex predator, the blue catfish was foolishly introduced in the 1970s as fodder for recreational fisherman. (2011). Lucky for humans, they are quite tasty and a good source of nutrition. While recreational fishermen have targeted blue catfish for decades in the Chesapeake Bay, development of a commercial fishery management plan is relatively new. That means that they can swim out of one river, into the more brackish Bay, and then into a different fairly fresh river. University programs, activities, and facilities are available to all without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status, genetic information, personal appearance, or any other legally protected class. Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Some of its closest relatives include the bullhead catfish, channel catfish, and more.It is the largest species of catfish … It was thought that these fish only lived in very fresh water. Blue catfish prefer fresher water but can thrive in higher salinities as well. Unlike its cousin, the channel catfish, the Blue Catfish is not a bottom feeder and has a sweeter, more delicate flavor. The blue catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) is the largest species of North American catfish, reaching a length of 165 cm (65 in) and a weight of 68 kg (150 lb).The typical length is about 25–46 in (64–117 cm). Initially introduced within fresh-water habitats, their range has extended into tidal, brackish estuarine habitats, which overlap many valuable commercial and recreational native species, including native white catfish. They found that blue catfish ate a wide variety of species, including many of management concern such as blue crabs, blueback herring, American shad, softshell clams, menhaden and white perch. Fax: (757) 886-0671, Problem displaying Facebook posts.Click to show errorfunction cffShowError() { document.getElementById("cff-error-reason").style.display = "block"; document.getElementById("cff-show-error").style.display = "none"; }. They grow big and ugly and gray. Interim Summary of Conclusions and Dietary Recommendations on Total Fat & Fatty Acids. 9 to 10 years, though some have been known to live up to 25 years, Average less than 2 feet in length but can grow to 5 feet, New England/Mid-Atlantic, Tkacik C. and Dance S. (2019): As blue catfish multiply in Chesapeake Bay, watermen pursue new catch — and restaurants offer new delicacy. It was thought that these fish only lived in very fresh water. The guidelines are published in FDA’s Fish and Fishery Products Hazards and Controls Guidance, Appendix 5 (Fourth Edition-March 2020). Fillet portions (3 oz, 4oz, 8oz), whole-fish, gutted or un-gutted are available upon request from buyers. All rights reserved. Catching and eating this invasive species may contribute to needed population control. VIMS Marine Resource Report No. rfisher@vims.edu, This publication, Chesapeake Bay Blue Catfish: Invasive, but Delicious and Nutritious (FS-1142), is a series of publications of the University of Maryland Extension and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The Blue Catfish has become an invasive species in the Chesapeake Bay because they are voraciously opportunistic predators that daily consume between 8-9% of their body weight (CBP, 2017). Up close and in person, blue catfish are gruesome creatures. 2011). Omega-3 Fatty Acids. 8th Edition. But in some areas, blue catfish can pose major challenges. Omega-3 fats enhance infant brain development and health outcomes. So let’s do a quick recap on the two different types of catfish so we are all on the same page first. Available at: https://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/FFA_summary_rec_conclusion.pdf?ua=1 Blue catfish were introduced to a few rivers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed decades ago. He argues that the lure of trophy blue catfish has drawn hundreds of people to the river, but once there, many have become even more interested in the health of its waters, its bald eagles, its ospreys, its great blue herons, and even its small but growing stock of Atlantic sturgeon. Their coloring is gray to olive, with a pale underside. The FDA and EPA Safety Levels in Regulations and Guidance in FDA’s Fish and Fishery Products Hazards and Controls Guidance, Appendix 5 (Fourth Edition-March 2020). Available at http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/. Estuaries and Coasts 41, 827–840 (2018). Catfish fillets are typically breaded and fried although a number of recipes exist. Maryland announced a Blue Catfish purchasing initiative program in September 2019. State natural resource managers know blue catfish have had an adverse impact on the bay ever since the fish were introduced to the James, Rappahannock and York Rivers during the 1970s and 1980s. But in some areas, blue catfish can pose major challenges. Introduced in the 1970s from elsewhere in the states, the blue catfish is now invasive in the bay, where it devours blue crabs, something Billy Rice, a third-generation waterman, has witnessed firsthand. The Baltimore Sun. Freshwater Catfish vs Saltwater Catfish. Blue catfish are currently available for sale to the public in many food outlets. Chesapeake Bay Blue Catfish is mild and flaky, with a taste similar to striped bass. The Siluriformes order contains the thousands of different species of catfish on Earth. Since then, they have reached numbers beyond what anyone imagined in rivers from the James to the Potomac, and they had begun spreading to … Luellen, D.R., LaGuardia, M.J., Tuckey, T.D. Since they are not picky about where they live, they have expanded their range to most of the major rivers of the Chesapeake Bay. Food and Drug Administration (FDA, 2020). While both fish are long-lived and fast-growing, it’s the blue catfish that is the major problem. Why Are They Invasive? Rice can catch up to 1,200 pounds of blue catfish. There are true 100 lbs. Chengchu Liu (University of Maryland-AGNR-UME Sea Grant Extension) 2020-8 and VSG-20-30. Copyright © 2004 - 2021 Virginia Seafood and Virginia Marine Products Board. Invasive Catfish in the Chesapeake Bay. Maternal consumption, during pregnancy and breastfeeding, of at least 8 ounces (two servings) per week of seafood that contains DHA is associated with better infant health outcomes. Chesapeake Bay Blue Catfish: Invasive, but Delicious and Nutritious! They actively feed on aquatic prey, including other fish (Menhaden, American Shad, White Perch, and River Herring) and shellfish (crabs, clams, and mussels). Therefore, Blue Catfish should be thoroughly cooked and not eaten raw. Luellen et al (2018) analyzed mercury and PCBs levels for a total of 116 individual Chesapeake Bay Blue Catfish samples (31 from the James River and 44 from the Rappahannock River in VA, and 41 from the Potomac River in MD). In 2018 there was an estimated 500 million pounds of blue catfish in the bay. Chesapeake Bay Blue Catfish: Invasive, but Delicious and Nutritious! There are no current published Bay-wide estimates of Blue Catfish, though it has been reported there may be more than 100 million in the Bay (Tkacik and Dance 2019). cathyliu@umd.edu "Blue catfish eat everything, including each other, and there aren’t a whole lot of things that eat them once they get a certain size." For the best experience, please use a modern browser such as Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. These results confirm that the methyl mercury and PCBs levels of Chesapeake Bay Blue Catfish (15-36 inches long) are much lower than the FDA and EPA Safety Levels in Regulations and Guidance for commercial seafood (FDA, 2020). Chesapeake Bay Blue Catfish products prepared for distribution in commerce for use as human food are routinely inspected by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) under the Federal Meat Inspection Act (USDA, 2018). Environ Sci Pollut Res 25, 28355–28366 (2018). In the early 2000s, commercial fishing interest in blue catfish was low due to low market demand and lack of consumer awareness of the fish. et al. They have expanded their range and population so much that they are likely negatively affecting the Bay ecosystem because they eat so many native species, such as striped bass, blue crab, shad, herring, and Atlantic sturgeon. World Health Organization (WHO, 2008). In 2014, the number of blue catfish caught by commercial fishermen on the Potomac jumped nearly 62 percent, surpassing rockfish catches for the first time.. Adults usually grow to be less than two feet long but can be up to five feet and weigh more than 100 pounds. One caught in an inland lake on the Virginia–North Carolina border weighed 143 pounds. Even though they prefer fresh water, Blue Catfish can tolerate brackish waters of the Chesapeake Bay river estuaries with salinities up to 15 ppt (parts per thousand). Guide services in the James and Potomac rivers run expeditions that target blue catfish. “An extreme concern for me is the predation on crabs from the blue catfish,” says this Maryland native. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12237-017-0307-1 The fillets also contain vitamin D and potassium but provide negligible amounts of trans fat. From the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on Fats and Fatty Acids in Human Nutrition, 10-14. Blue catfish represent up to three-quarters of the biomass in the James, Rappahannock and York rivers on Virginia’s western shore of the Chesapeake Bay (Schloesser et al. They grow large and eat many native species, so they have the potential to cause a lot of harm to the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. Like Most Fish Species, Blue Catfish Fillet is High in Protein and Low in Fat and Cholesterol In the Chesapeake Bay, blue catfish are considered an invasive species. There is minimal bycatch. They croak like pigs. Available at: https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/environment/bs-md-blue-catfish-20190603-story.html In the Chesapeake Bay watershed, channel catfish reach weights of 10 pounds or more, although 2-3 pound fish are more common. The Chesapeake Bay record is a blue catfish caught in the James River that was 102 pounds. The anal fin is rounded and has fewer rays than the blue catfish, below. Schloesser, R.W., Fabrizio, M. C., Latour, R. J. et al. Blue catfish can grow to be larger than 100 pounds. Most importantly, Blue Catfish fillets provide an abundance of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids (270 mg per serving), especially eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which are not found in land-based plants and animals products. And because they have no scales, they are especially slimy, even as fish go. Blue catfish are landed commercially using a variety of nets, impoundments, and traps. They are bottom-dwellers that prefer large rivers with deep channels, swift currents, and sandy bottoms. Available at: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/inspection/siluriformes 06/07/2019. Fabrizio, M.C., Tuckey, T.D., Latour, R.J. et al. How it succeeded! As you’ll read in his story, blue catfish are an alien species, deposited in regional waters the way so many oddities arrive: released by humans, in this case to build a new fishery. Blue catfish are a tasty and nutritious fish, so the Management Strategy recommends that the Chesapeake Bay states focus on developing and expanding commercial fisheries for blue catfish. Whether it’s browsing the seafood counter at your local grocery store or enjoying a boat ride down the James River, you may have encountered one of the Bay’s most notorious invasive species: the blue catfish. Blue catfish are highly productive and create high numbers of offspring each reproductive cycle. It has a slate blue body, a silver-white belly and four pairs of black, whisker-like barbels around its mouth. Virginia has created a new commercial fishery to target Blue Catfish using Low Frequency Electrofishing Technology (a generator supplied pulsed low frequency DC current that temporarily stuns the fish and causes them to surface to enable harvesting). Newport News, VA 23608, Phone: (757) 874-3474 2008, Geneva. Koi (鯉, English: / ˈ k ɔɪ /, Japanese: ) or more specifically nishikigoi (錦鯉, [ɲiɕi̥kiꜜɡoi], literally "brocaded carp"), are colored varieties of the Amur carp (Cyprinus rubrofuscus) that are kept for decorative purposes in outdoor koi ponds or water gardens.. Koi is an informal name for the colored variants of C. rubrofuscus kept for ornamental purposes. The Blue Catfish has become an invasive species in the Chesapeake Bay because they are voraciously opportunistic predators that daily consume between 8-9% of their body weight (CBP, 2017). These fast-growing aquatic goats can multiply into a dominant species, “representing up to 75 percent of total fish biomass,” Bill learned. Available at: https://www.fda.gov/media/80400/download Chef’s symposiums held annually at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science offer Blue Catfish fishery, sustainability, and culinary products education to chefs and culinary students. As a result, these fish have expanded their range throughout the Chesapeake. Adult Chesapeake Bay Blue Catfish are not bottom feeders and thus don’t acquire a muddy taste. With so many available in the Bay, one solution could be that people should simply eat more catfish. Now keep in mind that there are many different types of catfish depending on where in the world you are reading this. Blue Catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) Blue Catfish are long and often slender with a deeply forked tail. All other catfish species have rounded anal fins. The following are some of the important native species in Chesapeake Bay that Blue Catfish eat. Southeast, Stay informed of all the latest regional news around NOAA Fisheries. The fish can grow up to four and a half feet in length and weigh well more than 100 pounds. In the Chesapeake Bay, blue catfish are a popular recreational fishery. Fact Sheet for Health Professionals. There is an amazing variety of catfish to be found, both farm-raised and wild. Cooking is the best way to control microbial contaminants (bacteria, virus and parasite). Because blue catfish—and another invasive fish, the flathead catfish—have the potential to cause substantial harm to the Chesapeake Bay food web, the Chesapeake Bay Program recently developed an. In my opinion the best tasting catfish is the Blue Catfish which is running wild, literally, in the Chesapeake Bay. Many anglers like fishing for blue catfish because they are strong, savvy fish that are a good challenge. January 11, 2019. For the general population, consumption of about 8 The Invasive Catfish Workgroup of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team has developed an Invasive Catfish Management Strategy (PDF, 21 pages) to provide collaborative guidance on how Chesapeake states will manage this resource. They are silvery-blue in color with a white belly. It is illegal to transport them from one body of water to another. For PDF download click: Chesapeake Bay Blue Catfish UMD article. Abundant and commonly caught sizes of Chesapeake Bay Blue Catfish are 15-36 inches long and their fillets are safe to eat. But now, thanks to marketing efforts, particularly in Maryland, the commercial fishery for blue catfish in the Chesapeake Bay is ramping up. These catfish have quickly spread throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed into nearly every major tributary. Anglers will have the best results fishing when water levels are low, and the river is within its banks. The results show that the levels of mercury (˂0.47 ppm) and PCBs (0.001 to 0.856 ppm) in fish up to 41 inches are much lower than the FDA and EPA Safety Levels in Regulations and Guidance for methyl mercury (1.0 ppm) and PCBs (2.0 ppm) in commercial seafood (FDA, 2020). extension.umd.edu. Tidal Habitats Support Large Numbers of Invasive Blue Catfish in a Chesapeake Bay Subestuary. Blue Catfish also eat crab, fish, crayfish, clams, mussels, frogs, and other readily available aquatic food sources, which play an important role in our ecosystem and economy. For help accessing this or any UME publication contact: itaccessibility@umd.edu, For more information on this and other topics, visit the University of Maryland Extension website at extension.umd.edu. Throughout many areas of the tidal Potomac and the James, you can spend many hours catching “little” cats, that is fish that run from five to almost 20 pounds, and either keep some for a meal or do the total catch and release gig. They are among the preferred prey of osprey and bald eagles. While adults usually grow to be less than 2 feet long, they can grow to be 5 feet long and weigh more than 100 pounds. Amid concern that blue catfish could be spreading out of control in the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River, there's an effort to stanch their population. Virginia Wild-Caught Blue Catfish: Nutrition and Contaminant Analysis. Jurisdictions that manage fisheries in the Chesapeake Bay work together to discuss the latest fisheries science and coordinate their regulations through the Chesapeake Bay Program. Blue catfish have four pairs of black whisker-like barbels around their mouths. extension.umd.edu Non-native Blue Catfish The Blue Catfish are native to the Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio river drainages but were introduced in the James, York, and Rappahannock rivers to establish recreational fisheries Blue Catfish to spread throughout the inland waters and its tributaries of Chesapeake Bay. Eat Healthy and Support Virginia’s Economy While Enjoying Fresh Virginia Seafood, Facts About the Virginia Seafood Industry 2018, 2018 Virginia Commercial Landings Figures, Landings and Value of Top 20 Virginia Species 2017. The main product is whole fillet. Babyboomers who burned their bras and smoked pot to Jimi Hendrix in the 60s & early 70s got a hair cut, a decent job, grew up and started to settle down and make Gen-Y babies. Assessment of legacy and emerging contaminants in an introduced catfish and implications for the fishery. Internet Explorer lacks support for the features of this website. Catches in the Virginia section of the Bay have also skyrocketed, the Chesapeake Bay Journal reports, reaching over 1.2 million pounds in 2014, up from just 150,328 pounds in 2010. In some parts of the Chesapeake Bay, catch and release of these fish is discouraged; instead, anglers are encouraged to remove and kill. Regional and national tournaments are held annually on the James River, and the Potomac River is nearly a year-round hotspot for catfish angling. Blue catfish have a flat dorsal fin and a deeply forked tail. They are fairly easy to clean and yield white, mild tasting fillets. Blue catfish, the invasive fish with a big appetite that is overwhelming many Chesapeake Bay tributaries, is probably here to stay. Their smooth skin lacks scales. Adults usually grow to be less than two feet long, but can be as long as five feet and weigh more than 100 pounds. Blue catfish are abundant. Available at: https://dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/Documents/Invasive_Catfish_%20Fact_Sheet.pdf As part of a healthy diet, eating fish and other seafood offer heart health benefits and lower the risk of obesity. Therefore, consuming EPA and DHA directly from seafood is the only practical way to increase levels of these fatty acids in the body. Recreational fishermen in other areas, particularly those where blue catfish are native, also enjoy angling for these fish. Maryland currently views the blue catfish as an invasive species and there are no limits in size or creel on them. Blue Catfish of the Chesapeake Bay, on the other hand, are wild and feed on fish and shellfish. ounces per week of a variety of seafood, which help provide a minimum recommended consumption of 250 mg per day of EPA and DHA, is associated with reduced cardiac deaths among individuals with and without preexisting cardiovascular disease (WHO, 2008; USDHH and USDA, 2015). Fishermen are catching more Blue Catfish and selling them to seafood grocery stores, as well as to restaurants. The numerous small lakes along the backwaters offer great fishing opportunities offering a variety of species such as bluegill, shellcracker, largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, and mullet. But a new management plan says that with coordinated action — including ramped-up efforts to get people to develop an appetite for them — … Siluriformes. A scientist holds a blue catfish. Blue Catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) is the Largest Species of Catfish in North America For more information, visit the National Institute of Health (NIH)’s website: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcids-HealthProfessional/, Even though another omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) present in plant oils, such as flaxseed, soybean, and canola oils, can be converted into EPA and then to DHA, the conversion is very limited (≤15%). Native to the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Rio Grande river basins, they have been introduced to other areas, primarily to serve as a recreational fishing target. The blue catfish multiply so quickly that in a few weeks or months, the population of blue catfish can distort the normal ecological balance in the river. As a new predator in the ecosystem, Blue Catfish have been flourishing, invading the spawning waters of American Shad and other fish and shellfish native to the Bay’s tributaries, eating their eggs and endangering their survival. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. Due to lack of awareness among chefs and consumers, local watermen and processors have not been able to use this species at a high enough number to mitigate their impact on other Chesapeake Bay … (Photo by Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program) by Joan Smedinghoff. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDHH and USDA, 2015). 2017. Blue Catfish has a slate blue body with smooth skin, a silver-white belly and four pairs of black, whisker-like barbels around its mouth. A distinguishing feature of the blue catfish is that the anal fin margin, or edge, is straight as if it has been clipped with scissors. Estimates of 1.6 million Blue Catfish within a 12 kilometers (km) stretch of the James River are reported (Fabrizio et al 2018). This is good for developing the flavor but bad for the ecosystem of our Bay. This fact sheet aims to enhance public awareness of this invasive species as a new commercial fishery resource. Available at: https://www.chesapeakebay.net/documents/workshop_catfish_report_final_pdf.pdf During the 1970s and 1980s, they were introduced to the James, Rappahannock, and York river basins in Virginia as a new recreational fishery. Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP, 2017). They spawn once a year from late May into June, mostly in lower-salinity streams and smaller tributaries. The purpose of this program is to create sales of Blue Catfish to state institutions providing food services and help reduce the Blue Catfish’s negative impact on the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay ecosystems by creating a reliable market for the nonnative species. Growing Numbers of Blue Catfish Raised Concerns about Potential Negative Impacts on Native Species in Chesapeake Bay Ecosystems. NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION, Report a Stranded or Injured Marine Animal. In fact, it may be tastier than any catfish you’ve ever had. Blue catfish can be found in the waters of many states—both coastal and inland. They have eight sensory barbels or … What Is Being Done to Mitigate the Invasion? National Institute of Health (NIH, 2019). Ecological Role of Blue Catfish in Chesapeake Bay Communities and Implications for Management and Implications for Management. Blue catfish were introduced to a few rivers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed decades ago. Available at: https://scholarworks.wm.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1009&context=vimsbooks According to a recent study (Fisher, 2020), Chesapeake Bay Blue Catfish fillets contain 19g of high-quality protein per serving (4 oz) with only 1.5g of fat. 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 554 Denbigh Boulevard, Suite B, The Blue Catfish has become an invasive species in the Chesapeake Bay because they are voraciously opportunistic predators that daily consume between 8-9% of their body weight (CBP, 2017). Blue catfish, which can grow to lengths of 5 feet, were released into Virginia’s Bay tributaries in the 1970s as part of an effort to build a sport fishery. Credit: Chesapeake Bay Program. The massive fish, hooked last week on the Chattahoochee River, is the largest ever blue catfish caught in Georgia, the state’s Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday. Are Commercially Harvested Chesapeake Bay Blue Catfish Safe to Eat? Consumers should ask for Chesapeake Bay Blue Catfish at their local grocery store or restaurant. Chesapeake Bay Invasive Catfish. Because it will eat most anything and can thrive in both fresh and brackish waters, the catfish quickly began its … The fish can live to 20 years. General perception of catfish most often comes from farm-raised Channel Catfish. Blue Catfish leviathans lurking in the river! Blue catfish are native to the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Rio Grande river basins; they have been stocked for fishing in nearly 20 states. Therefore, eating Blue Catfish might just be the tastiest ways to help save the Bay. Chefs in Maryland and Virginia have led the way in popularizing Chesapeake Bay Blue Catfish and increasing consumer demand to help control the fish’s numbers. They are primarily fished using hook and line. Blue catfish, the invasive fish with a big appetite that is overwhelming many Chesapeake Bay tributaries, is probably here to stay. Acknowledgement: The authors would like to thank Joe Love and Mary Groves (MDNR), Charles Poukish, Amy Laliberte and Kathy Brohawn (MDE), Weida Stoecker and Stone Slade (MDA), Mike Hutt (VMPB), and Laurie Arnold (UME) for their help including comments, suggestions and edits. Blue catfish are native to the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Rio Grande river basins. For chemical contaminants such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and methyl mercury, source control is the only way to reduce the associated risks since these chemical contaminants are heat stable and may not be destroyed through heating, refrigerating or freezing. Concerns about their potential negative effects on native species have arisen due to the abundance of Blue Catfish and their ability to consume a broad prey base (Schloesser, et al., 2011). But they can tolerate water that is not completely fresh. They lower the risk of obesity. The Chesapeake Bay Program recently released its Invasive Catfish Management Strategy (PDF, 21 pages) to guide the management of blue catfish in the Bay, and an Invasive Catfish Workgroup meets frequently as well. An estimated 7,265 pounds of blue catfish were served on campus during the fall 2019 semester. 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