The Chesapeake Bay region may be home to roughly 100 million hungry blue catfish — with plenty of room for their numbers to expand, according to a recent estimate.
If the estimate is correct — and there are plenty of caveats — that would mean the Bay has roughly one blue catfish for every three blue crabs, though the average catfish is many times larger than the average crab.
Only the James, Rappahannock, Potomac, Pamunkey, Mattaponi and Piankatank rivers have high densities, according to the analysis prepared by biologists from the Virginia Commonwealth University Rice Rivers Center. Others, including all Maryland tributaries, had only medium or low densities of the invasive fish.[Continue Reading]
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