Blue Catfish: A Delicious Invasive Species at the Maryland Seafood Festival

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

The Maryland Department of Agriculture and local chefs are trying to stop the invasive blue catfish from taking over the Bay, one delicious recipe at a time.

Blue catfish were introduced in Virginia’s waterways in the 1970s, and now make up 74 percent of all organisms in the water there. And they’ve spread into the Maryland Chesapeake waterways, where they are eating everything in their path.

Blue catfish, which can grow bigger than 100 pounds, feast on striped bass, blue crabs and most other Bay inhabitants.

At the 50th annual Maryland Seafood Festival, September 9 and 10, the Department of Agriculture and local chefs will show visitors how to help curb the blue catfish population—by eating more of the fish!

Chesapeake Bay Magazine is proud to be a principal media sponsor of the 2017 Maryland Seafood Festival at Sandy Point State Park. Join us for the weekend-long celebration. For a 25 percent discount on online ticket purchases before September 1, use code: CBM2017 and click here.