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DNR Encourages Other Uses for Invasive Species

April 8th, 2024 by WCBC Radio

Northern snakehead, blue catfish, and flathead catfish are the most harmful invasive fish in Maryland. Blue catfish prey on blue crabs, white perch and other species. They also out-compete native species for habitat space and food. To combat these species, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources urges anglers to kill all invasive species they catch and are discouraged from catch-and-release of these species.  DNR recommends eating these species, using them as bait or fertilizer, or even donate frozen fish to zoos to feed wildlife.