As a brighter spotlight is being shined on the dangers of invasive blue catfish, the Coastal Conservation Association Maryland’s (CCA MD) Central Region Chapter has scheduled a tournament and day of information to create greater awareness of the harm this species can do to the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
The event will be Saturday, March 21, at Smallwood Park in Marbury, MD. Festivities will run from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tourney is set for 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a party and information sharing following from 1-3 p.m. In addition to CCA MD, Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Potomac Riverkeeper are co-sponsoring the day.
“The exploding population of blue catfish in the Chesapeake watershed has begun to upset the imbalance of the ecosystem, and the blue cats rapidly expanding numbers show no signs of slowing down,” said Rick Elyar, Central Region Chapter president.
“Although trophy sized blue catfish are a valued recreational fishery, they’re now negatively affecting commercially and recreationally important bay species that migrate through on spawning runs or use the watershed areas to release eggs each spring. All of this is creating an overall imbalance of our Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.”
CCA Maryland Central Region Chapter is hosting a fishing tournament at Smallwood Park to raise awareness of the Blue Catfish specie issues surrounding the Potomac River. Maryland DNR and other organizations will be on hand. Music, Food, and a Catfish Cookout. Cash prizes up to $500 and a chance to break the Maryland State Record for Blue Catfish currently at 84lbs.