Document Type



Virginia Institute of Marine Science

VIMS Department/Program

Marine Advisory Program (MAP)

Publication Date



VIMS marine resource report ; no. 2021-06; Virginia Sea Grant VSG-21-04


Blue Catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) is the largest species of catfish in North America where it is native to the Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio river drainages. It was introduced in fresh water Virginia tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay to enhance recreational fisheries in the 1970’s, from which significant recreational and commercial wild caught catfish fisheries developed. Since introduction, Blue catfish populations have expanded from upriver freshwater habitat to brackish-water sub-estuaries with reports of blue catfish in the Chesapeake Bay proper. Blue catfish are voracious, opportunistic predators feeding on a variety of natural prey items, including native fish and shellfish species, and dominating total fish biomass in many sections of the Bay tributaries. ..... The purpose of this work is to provide Virginia fish processers product shelf life information to enhance marketing strategies for the non-native blue catfish, and secondly, to investigate sensory, microbial, physical, and chemical changes in
flesh quality attributes during ice storage which correlate to consumer acceptance.



This work is a result of research sponsored in part by NOAA Office of Sea Grant, U.S. Department of Commerce, under Grant No. NA180AR4170083 to the Virginia Sea Grant Program.



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