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Invasive Catfish Task Force

Scope and Purpose

The charge of the Invasive Catfish Task Force is to coordinate activities and recommend actions to implement the five policy objectives outlined in the Invasive Catfish Policy Adoption Statement, signed and adopted by the Fisheries GIT Executive committee on January 24th, 2012. The work of the Task Force emphasizes exploring potential management measures and proposing actions to mitigate negative impacts of invasive catfish.

The Invasive Catfish Task Force is responsible for coordinating the best available science and developing precautionary management approaches aimed at mitigating the spread and minimizing the impacts of invasive catfish species on the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. The role of the Invasive Catfish Task Force will be to incorporate all available information on blue and flathead catfish to develop an agreed upon management strategy for handling these invasive species across all jurisdictions.

Upcoming Events

    June 2016 Full Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team Meeting


    Day One: Virginia Commonwealth University Life Sciences Center in Richmond, VA
    Day Two: Virginia Commonwealth University Rice Rivers Center in Charles City, VA

    The Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (Fisheries GIT) continues to provide a forum for connecting science and policy across jurisdictions and the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.  The diverse team meets biannually in June and December. 

    This June 2016 meeting is focused primarily on the recently published 2016-2017 Sustainable Fisheries Workplans supporting the 2014 Watershed Agreement. Agenda topics focused on the blue crab, forage and fish habitat outcomes will highlight science supporting these workplans to inform next steps moving forward. This meeting also includes an overview of the 2016 Blue Crab Advisory Report and discussion on current activity around Atlantic sturgeon and invasive catfish in the Bay.

    Date / Time:

    June 2, 2016
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm


    Semiannual meeting of the full Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team.

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